Microsoft to Cut 18,000 Jobs, Including 12,500 From Nokia

Satya Nadella, in a company-wide memo (emphasis mine):

Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. […]

Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. […]

We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. […]

Seems like a lot of “synergies”. This style of communication is like reading a foreign language to me — I don’t understand what most of it means.

Update: Classic 30 Rock sketch on “synergy”. (Via Pavan Rajam.)

Thursday, 17 July 2014