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08 Jul 2017

Microsoft is firing people, rumours have now been confirmed

Microsoft will focus more on its cloud business

Putting rumors to rest, tech giant Microsoft confirmed that it will, indeed, let go of several employees. The extent of these layoffs is expected to run in thousands.

News outlets are estimating anywhere between 3,000-5,000 layoffs. According to one, three-quarters of these job cuts will take place outside the US.

Microsoft, till now, has not divulged any proper count.

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Microsoft will focus more on its cloud business
Part of doing business

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Part of doing business

In an almost cryptic reply, the tech behemoth said it is bringing about changes to serve its customers and partners better. It has started notifying employees whose jobs are in peril and the entire exercise was part of its regular drill.

It said that the firm evaluates itself on a regular basis and takes such strategic decision from time to time.

Cloud

The future is in the cloud

Reportedly, Microsoft's layoff spree stems from the giant's push to conquer the cloud business. Microsoft Azure sales have meteorically grown 93% in the last quarter.

It's a sign that it'll now pivot itself as a major provider in this area, battling it out with Amazon for market space.

According to CNBC, Microsoft currently employs 71,000 people in the US and 121,000 across the world.

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Meanwhile, Aadhaar to verify identity on Skype

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Meanwhile, Aadhaar to verify identity on Skype

In India, meanwhile, Microsoft recently announced that its Skype Lite, which has been specifically built keeping the Indian market in mind, will now support Aadhaar integration.

All the users have to do is click on 'Verify Aadhaar Identity' and enter their 12-digit Aadhaar number which will get authenticated with an OTP. After okayed, users can use this Aadhaar info as a legitimate identity proof.

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