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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Slashes Another 15-20%, Resistance is Futile

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Microsoft cutbacks spreading to bigger population of contractors

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| Microsoft's cutbacks are starting to spread to the larger group of 
| contractors who work on projects for the company through outside vendors -- 
| commonly known as "v-dash" workers. It's not clear how widespread the cuts 
| will be, but some Microsoft vendors have been contacted by internal teams 
| about cutting the budgets for projects currently under way by as much as 15 
| to 20 percent.     


Microsoft is dying pretty fast. No-one will miss this criminal organisation.

Where's Phil? Microsoft temp protest may be losing steam

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| I stopped by the main entrance to the Microsoft campus Wednesday evening 
| hoping to catch up with Phil Palios, the Microsoft contract worker who 
| organized the protest of the pay cuts affecting company's temporary 
| workforce. Palios had said he planned to stand vigil at the site every 
| evening for two weeks. But the corner was empty.    



 Microsoft Flight Sim grounded by redundancies

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| On the Venturebeat blog, Dean Takahashi notes "In the past year or so,
| Microsoft has shut down or divested itself of a lot of its hit-making
| studios. It recently decided to close Ensemble Studios, maker of the Age of
| Empires strategy games, and spun out Bungie, the maker of Halo games."


Ensemble alums assemble Robot Entertainment

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| Shortly after the announced the move, Age of Empires creator Bruce Shelley
| took to his blog to explain Microsoft's financially motivated rationale for
| closing Ensemble. As part of his post, he revealed that a portion of
| Ensemble's leadership team had plans to set up a new development outfit,
| headed up by current studio chief and founder Tony Goodman.


Microsoft's Razorfish Cuts Another 70 (MSFT)

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| Fresh layoffs at Microsoft-owned (MSFT) ad agency Razorfish, with 70
| employees being let go (4% of the workforce) in Seattle, Portland, San Fran,
| and LA. That follows thousands of layoffs at Microsoft generally, and 40
| positions cut from Razorfish in New York in November.


Microsoft should have made deeper cuts, analysts contend

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| The unprecedented layoffs and other cutbacks announced yesterday by Microsoft
| haven't appeased Wall Street. Microsoft shares are down more than 6 percent
| since the news came out, and some analysts assert that the company needed to
| go much further.

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