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Re: LAYOFFS at Microsoft

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Friday 31 October 2008 14:04 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>> Microsoft's Razorfish cuts NYC staff
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Microsoft's online ad agency Razorfish laid off 40 staff in its New York
>>| office this afternoon, citing a dropoff in business from the financial
>>| services sector.
>> `----
>    Microsoft acquired Razorfish when it bought the agency's parent company,
>    aQuantive, for $6 billion, last year. The aQuantive purchase was part of
>    Microsoft's effort to catch up to Google in online ad technology. Google
>    at the time had just acquired another online ad company, DoubleClick.
>    There's been frequent speculation that Microsoft is looking to unload
>    Razorfish. The thinking goes that Microsoft was never very interested in
>    the ad agency, but wanted aQuantive for its major technology parts, the
>    online advertising platform Atlas and website ad network DRIVEpm.

"Oh noes! We're getting acquired by Selfish Beast."

FWIW, aQuantive uses FOSS and GNU/Linux. Everywhere Microsoft looks, successful
companies reject its technology. Microsoft just wants to buy some market share

> Found this funny little (but old) item:
>    http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2004/09/microsoft-layoffs-hiring-and.html
>    If Microsoft won't spend $20 to restock the office supply room with
>    pencils, what makes you think that Microsoft will spend $600 to fly an
>    employee up to Redmond to interview them? The only way that you're going
>    to get moved is if you are extremely better than the people competing in
>    Redmond AND better than any potential recruits from outside. I've
>    actually been in interview loops where someone was selected...not because
>    they were the best, but because they would have to spend a massive amount
>    of money to relocate the best.

I think the same guy wrote (this month?) that sometimes Microsoft accepts new
recruits but puts their actual hiring on freeze. [based on memory, so it could
be inaccurate]

> On the other hand:
>    http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/09/23.html#a8291
>    Hint: there are lots of great programmers at Microsoft too. Come over to
>    the Tablet PC team. The Media Center team. Or visit Chris Pratley of the
>    OneNote team. Or step on over and meet the Visual Studio team. Heck, and
>    we won't even bring up the wild stuff that's going on in the research
>    department. Oh, and did you see that we hired the guy who invented the
>    Wiki? The guy who invented Tetris? Have you looked at the code on Xbox
>    Live? How can you say that great programmers aren't coming to work here?

Those people appear to be leaving, only to be replaced by cheaper labour.
Forget about soda and towels.

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