It’s going to be a sad Wednesday for thousands of families who their breadwinners were part of the workers laid off at Microsoft’s mobile phone unit today. CEO Satya Nadella also wrote an open letter to console the 7,800 ex-Microsoft employees relived of their jobs this morning.
“I deeply appreciate all of the ideas and hard work of everyone involved in these businesses, and I want to reiterate my commitment to helping each individual impacted,” Nadella’s press release/sack e-mail read.
In fulfilling his 2014 promise where the Microsoft CEO said he will be cutting 18,000 jobs this year, a great chunk of former Nokia staff were relieved of their duties. The workers were acquired from the Finnish tech giant when MS bought Nokia Devices & Services last year for $7.2 billion.
In the letter, Nadella reaffirmed Microsoft’s position on exiting the feature phone market; however, the PC giant will remain focused on dishing out mid to high range Lumia smartphones to Windows fans:
“We’ll bring business customers the best management, security and productivity experiences they need; value phone buyers the communications services they want; and Windows fans the flagship devices they’ll love.”