Rumors Have Microsoft Laying Off 17% of Work Force This Month

Though the possibility of Microsoft laying off 15,000 employees this month is getting some attention, it is definitely in the heavy rumor category, as Ars Technica reports.

We will not have long to see if it is real as the sack by date is January 15, a week before the company's earning report, Ars Technica noted.

The 15,000 possible Microsoft unemployed represents about 17% of the global company's work force. Fudzilla, one of the two sources for the report, has misreported possible actions by Microsoft in the past.

The rumor suggests a large number will come from MSN which includes their search space - so could be a waving of a surrender flag in the search traffic competition.

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