Microsoft reportedly gearing up to cut 700 jobs

The expected layoffs fit an emerging pattern in which the company discloses job cuts near the end of a quarter or around the time of quarterly earnings reports.

Microsoft is planning to conduct a round of layoffs next week, cutting up to 700 jobs, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The cuts will be spread across a variety of business units and locations, the person said. Microsoft at the end of September had about 113,000 employees, 45,000 of whom worked in the company’s offices in the Seattle area.

That total doesn’t include the 10,000 employees, primarily in California, that Microsoft acquired from LinkedIn when the deal to buy the professional social-networking company closed in December.

Chief Executive Satya Nadella took the helm in 2014 and soon afterward oversaw Microsoft’s…

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