Microsoft Cuts Numerous Job Openings in Azure Cloud, Security Software

The hiring freeze follows job cuts after the closing of its fiscal year.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

July 22, 2022

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Microsoft is eliminating numerous job openings in its Azure cloud business and its security software unit. However, it still plans to add workers in the year ahead.

Microsoft confirmed a Bloomberg report that hiring cuts will continue for the foreseeable future. It’s still honoring job offers that have already been made for open roles. In addition, it will make some exceptions for critical jobs.

Microsoft sent us the following statement:

“As Microsoft gets ready for the new fiscal year, it is making sure the right resources are aligned to the right opportunity. Microsoft will continue to grow headcount in the year ahead, and we will add additional focus to where those resources go.”

Expansion of Previous Hiring Slowdown

Microsoft cutting job openings is an expansion of a hiring slowdown disclosed in May. That mostly affected its Windows, Office and Teams groups.

Earlier this month, the company reportedly followed the closing of its fiscal year with job cuts impacting less than 1% of its 180,000-person workforce. However, it said it planned to hire more workers in the months ahead.

Microsoft ended its fiscal year on June 30. It will announce its year-end and fourth-quarter earnings on July 26.

At the software giant’s Inspire partner event this week, it announced its long-planned push into the customer service market with the launch of its Microsoft Digital Contact Center. The omnichannel customer service platform was among new solutions and programs the company unveiled during the event.

Also during Inspire, Microsoft chief commercial officer Judson Althoff revealed a new customer engagement methodology that the company has begun operating by. The new approach calls for Microsoft’s direct sales force and partners to focus on consultative engagements with customers.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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