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[News] [Rival] Microsoft -- Approaching Debt -- Continues Firing More Employees

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Microsoft contract workers stage protest, weigh their options

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| Microsoft declined to comment on the protest Monday evening.
| The contract workers acknowledged that some employees are losing their jobs, 
| but they said they're nonetheless concerned about the precedent that would be  
| set if they agreed to a revision in their existing contracts. A 
| representative of the WashTech technology labor union, Priyanka Joshi, came 
| to the protest and was planning to help the workers explore their options.   


Microsoft contractors to protest over pay cuts


Contractors protest Microsoft wage cuts


Microsoft contract workers to protest pay cuts in Redmond



Microsoft wants severance pay back from some fired staff

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| Microsoft is trying to get severance money back from some employees it laid
| off last month.
| In letters written to an unspecified number of laid off Microsoft workers,
| the company says that due to an administrative error the company paid them
| too much severance.
| "... An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an
| overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft," the letter states. "We ask that
| you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to
| you."


Microsoft wants refund from some laid off workers

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| Microsoft says it made an accounting error when it laid off some employees
| last month and now feels the best way to correct the error is with what will
| likely add up to a public relations blunder.
| The software giant, which recently laid off 1,400 employees, sent letters
| (see image below) this week to some of those former workers letting them know
| that their severance payouts were a bit too "generous" and respectfully
| requested that the former employees pay back that money, according to a
| report Saturday on TechCrunch.


Microsoft wants severance pay back from some fired staff


Oops: Microsoft Asks Some Laid Off Workers To Send Back Part Of Their Severance


Microsoft Asks For a Refund From Laid-Off Workers


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.


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."

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