Microsoft buried the news of the new layoffs in a filing made today to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (via Business Insider):
“In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan, and these actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017.”
Microsoft added that about 900 of those selected workers have already been notified of its plans.
This is just the latest round of job cuts at Microsoft that have been going on for the past two years. It began in mid-2014 when the company announced plans to cut 18,000 of its workers by the end of June 2015. In July 2015, Microsoft revealed another set of job cuts, affecting 7,800 more of its employees. In October, Microsoft confirmed it had made more reductions in its workforce, which were rumored to have affected 1,000 more team members. With May’s announcement and today’s filing with the SEC, Microsoft has confirmed plans to lay off 4,700 more workers.