But it's still 5500 that weren't from Nokia, which still rivals their biggest layoff ever.
I'd rather see their marketing dept get a big hit than their GUI people. Most of them are following directives, and they don't need to concentrate on marketing their products. They need to make better ones.
I would expect so... I mean, they got around 30,000 Nokia people (somewhere else it was mentioned that number was around 25,000) and axed 12,500 out of that... so they still keep 12 - 17,000 Nokia people. I don't think that there are that many people developing Nokia hardware and firmware, so I'd say they are keeping some other Nokia guys and gals - marketing, HR, logistic, whatnot.
Which means that some of MS staff with same roles are extras. That would make sense to me - I'd rather keep Nokia marketing than MS's own marketing people, simply based on my preference for adds released in a last few years.
Eventually, MS workforce did grow between 6 and 12,000, however you turn it. I really cannot see this the same way as when BB and others cut staff.