Today, Microsoft announced that it had delivered layoff notices to 3,000 employees across several divisions (1,200 in Washington state). This comes just months after an initial round of 1,400 who were let go when Microsft announced second quarter earnings. At that time, Microsoft said it planned to eliminate 5,000 jobs this year, and Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer said that today's news was phase two of that plan (with the remainder planned for sometime before June 2010 and "as quickly as possible").
However, Steve Ballmer didn't rule out additional layoffs. In an internal memo, he said:
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