Microsoft’s massive layoffs target Nokia division

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Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella announced that up to 18,000 of his employees will get pink slips by 2015, as part of a massive round of layoffs. The cuts are the largest in the company's history, and they will hit an estimated 15 percent of its workforce.

The job cuts will affect both "professional and factory" workers. Nadella plans to cut 12,500 jobs from Microsoft's mobile phone unit, the Nokia Devices and Services business, which Microsoft acquired this past spring.

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