The company often uses July to commence restructuring efforts and announce job cuts.
With rumours of thousands of jobs to be cut across the world, Microsoft's reporting of its fiscal year this month could prove particularly significant.
The move follows a number of organisational changes introduced in January affecting Microsoft's sales and marketing teams.
Microsoft Corporation has always operated in the same competitive market that the company was built to cater to. Microsoft reorganised its sales and marketing operations in a bid to woo more customers in areas like artificial intelligence and the cloud by providing sales staff with greater technical and industry- specific expertise. While it lays off hundreds of people annually, it is expected that the latest decision will mainly affect the staff in sales department, specially those working in the Enterprise Customer Unit and the company's SME divisions. While the listed vertices are already among the targets Microsoft is now pursuing, the new team's focus will be on addressing the horizontals such as how to accommodate a Modern Workplace, business applications, apps, and infrastructure as well as Data and AI.
"It was a flawed strategy to try to sell Azure like, 'Do you want fries with that?'"said Althoff".
Althoff has publicly criticised the old sales method adopted by previous Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. It said its Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased seven percent.
Since Satya Nadella took over the helm in 2014, Microsoft has seen several rounds of layoffs, lowering its total headcount by almost 10% in the process. Marketing head Chris Capossela would lead consumer-focused sales.
Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, has said that the reorganisation is created to "align the right resources for the right customer at the right time", reported the Verge. Althoff is in charge of the company's worldwide commercial and government sales, and Courtois of its sales-focused subsidiaries. Operations and finance units went to other groups.
This isn't the first time that the Windows maker is announcing last minute layoffs. Mass layoff has been so common in Microsoft that it's nearly like an annual ritual.style="text-align: center;"