Microsoft mulls job cuts: report

SAN FRANCISCO Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:29am EST

Showgoers check the offerings at the Microsoft booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Showgoers check the offerings at the Microsoft booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 9, 2009.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is considering significant layoffs across its various divisions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the company's plans.

But plans for the cutbacks have not yet been firmed up and Microsoft could end up finding alternative methods to control costs, the Journal reported on its website.

A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment on layoff rumors.

The number of potential job cuts is likely to be far less than the 15,000 positions that have been rumored in recent weeks, the Journal reported.

Microsoft might announce the job cuts when it reports quarterly earnings next week, the Journal said.

The software giant employs about 91,000 employees globally.

(Reporting by Anupreeta Das; Editing by Gary Hill)

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