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Microsoft lays off 1,000 employees working on mixed reality HoloLens, Azure cloud


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Microsoft has confirmed the dismissal of approximately 1,000 employees. The layoffs predominantly impact the mixed reality and Azure cloud teams marking a strategic shift in the tech giant’s focus.


The mixed reality department, responsible for the HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset, is one of the affected areas. Despite the workforce reduction, Microsoft will continue to sell the HoloLens 2. This decision follows a year after the software maker announced a round of layoffs impacting 10,000 employees.


The Azure cloud unit, another key area of Microsoft’s operations, also faces job cuts. This move comes as the company strives to maintain profit margins amidst increased capital spending. The spending is primarily aimed at providing the necessary cloud infrastructure for training and deploying AI applications.


As we witness this major shift in Microsoft’s strategy, it raises an intriguing question: How will these layoffs impact the future of mixed reality and cloud computing at Microsoft? We invite our readers to share their thoughts on this development. What do you think this means for the tech industry as a whole?



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