Microsoft announces internally its new 'commercial and consumer' sales model

Microsoft announces internally its new 'commercial and consumer' sales model

However, looking at past year when a similar decision affected thousands of Microsoft employees, it is likely this upcoming move will also affect a huge number of people employed by the company globally. The restructuring will also include an organizational merger of its enterprise customer unit with its one or more SME-focused divisions.

Bloomberg said on Saturday that the reorganization is fairly typical of Microsoft at this time of year as it enters its new fiscal calendar. The magnitude of the potential layoffs is unclear, but the WSJ says they will likely occur in offices all around the globe. Executives Jean-Philippe Courtois and Judson Althoff took charge of the company's marketing and sales divisions after the exit of COO Kevin Turner past year.

Like most companies, Microsoft too intends to now focus more on cloud computing and business services instead of just software.

Althoff said Microsoft, going forward, is targeting six high-priority vertical markets: Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, Health, Education and Government.

Microsoft is readying for job losses as it prepares to shake up its business, reports warn, with layoffs likely as the software giant doubles-down on the cloud.

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Microsoft is to release its earnings for the recently-ended quarter on July 20.

"The shifts will be some of the most significant in the sales force in years and will also impact local marketing efforts in various countries, said one of the people", Bloomberg reported.

The changes are likely created to make the cloud a key central focus, ensuring that Microsoft's cloud platform Azure is able to compete with similar offerings from Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The restructuring looks to be an outcome of a change in company's leadership previous year.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has restructured its operation - moves made necessary by the rapidly changing nature of technology. "By staying up to date on both the latest feature and quality updates, you're assured of being on the most secure version of Windows 10".

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