Nasty tricks are Standard Operating Procedure for Microsoft. Not my opinion only, but confirmed by comment below from one of their shills.
The current crop of shills don't remember the history, and are therefore condemned to repeat it.
"is the additional $billion in 'streamlining' charges on top of that?"
Probably, but not clear.
LOL stop making excuses for your clumsy keyboarding. You're a shill for Microsoft, probably a new hire, it sticks out all over you.
The company is cutting its losses in what has long been known as a failed venture. Microsoft just missed the boat, that's all.
The company claims to be hopeful about ventures in "cloud" computing, machine learning, etc. We shall see.....
The blogosphere is all atwitter with this news.
Herre we quote from one account...
"Microsoft just laid off 1,350 people at its mobile phone business in Finland, with another 500 people fired globally. It’ll pay out $200 million in severance, and the whole exercise will cost $950 million in total, the company said in a statement.
"The layoffs were part of an effort to “streamline” Microsoft’s mobile business, which was built on the foundation of Nokia’s smartphone business, acquired in 2014. The acquisition has not gone well, to put it mildly. The combined company laid off 7,800 people at its phone business last year, incurring a restructuring charge of up to $850 million."
"The layoffs will hit Finland’s struggling economy hard. Once upon a time, the high-tech phone business boosted the wealth of the tiny country of about 5 million, with the mighty Nokia accounting for 4% of GDP annually from 2000 to 2007. But the iPhone put a swift end to that reign, leaving Nokia desperate for a savior. That’s where Microsoft, under Steve Ballmer, confidently stepped in, with a $7.2 billion check. The Finnish economic affairs minister hailed the deal as having “big symbolic value” to Finland."
But this can't come as a surprise to anyone. It was only a question of when, not whether.
A sign of the times, perhaps surprisingly.
"Prostitution charges against managers at Microsoft and Amazon are underlining how important it is for companies to protect themselves and help find solutions to stop employees from soliciting sex online.
"As part of a bust of prostitution rings first announced in January, the King County Prosecutor’s Office has filed more charges, ensnaring tech company managers, as well as an employee at Boeing.
"The arrests come at a time when tech leaders have been trying to raise awareness of the issue of sex trafficking within the tech community. This is a particular issue in the Puget Sound region, which has higher rates of children being sold into sex slavery than the rest of the country.
"Few Puget Sound-area employers have policies that prohibit employees from buying sex, even in cases when it happens on company premises with company property such as cellphones and laptops, said Mar Brettmann, founder of BEST, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking, an anti-trafficking group in Seattle."
I might actually agree, in some sense, if I thought the Wallybot had any idea what it is saying. But the Wallybot having an idea is a contradiction in terms.
Actually, the best "part" of Windows is that it is beginning to incorporate ideas from Linux. But too little, too late, probably.
"...when this is over Microsoft will be all thats left..."
What exactly is the "this" which you imagine will someday be over?
Mobile is better fit for most people's needs than a desktop. Linux is a superior operating system, which is obviously why Microsoft is falling all over itself to cozy up to it. Open source is a superior paradigm, as even Bill Gates has long recognized. None of that is going to go away.
I wouldn't read a book just because Gates thinks highly of it, but among his recommended readings, one looks like it might bear on some interesting questions: The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution and the Origins of Complex Life, by Nick Lane
I have lots to say that is original, but I don't bother to say it here, because jerks like you wouldn't understand it.
Perhaps among the guiding principles of Microsoft:
"If you can't make it good, at least make it look good."
-- Bill Gates
That certainly describes MS Office and Windows.
"Whether I'm at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I'm looking forward to reading."
-- Bill Gates
So do I. From the current stack:
Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within Feb 7, 2011 by Michael Yarus
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe Jan 9, 2007 by Roger Penrose
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal Sep 28, 2010 by Ben Mezrich
Did that come from the "Brainy Quotes" website. Don't recall seeing it there.
Must be very old, because Microsoft's marketing strategy has been based on just the opposite view. I.e. the company has long tried to force people to pay for its software by forcing people to buy hardware in order to obtain its software.
The Wallybot whistles past the graveyard. Microsoft domination of anything is a fading dream...