Last week, Microsoft announced plans to lay off 18,000 employees. If your business uses Microsoft products, will this impact your day-to-day operations?

Probably not directly, but the layoffs do signal a change in culture at the tech giant. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s announcement explained the layoffs are to simplify management structure and clear up redundancies after the company’s acquisition of Nokia. Experts say the layoffs are a sign of Microsoft’s shifting focus from traditional PC software to cloud-based computing and productivity software, like Office 360. The company is also seeking to more align its hardware and software to better compete with Apple. A new flexible, productivity-centric Microsoft may be the only consumer-facing impact.

To keep up with developments, make sure to check in with your IT professional about updated software and new programs.



By Prasana William