Microsoft Lays Off Employees

(Ping! Zine) – On Wednesday, sources confirmed that Microsoft had began cutting a small number of jobs. Larger layoffs are not expected, as Microsoft tends to consistantly make similar cuts at the end of each fiscal year. Microsoft started fiscal 2011 on July 1.

Even though the job cuts were small, this event is drawing attention because they come amid several pieces of negative news for Redmond, including the departure of two top Entertainment and Devices executives and the cancellation of the Kin phone just weeks after its debut.

Some of those whose jobs were cut and other company watchers have been sounding off on the comments page of the blog hosted by anonymous Microsoft internal critic Mini-Microsoft. Word of the pending job cuts was first reported by Seattle-area technology news site TechFlash.

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft has to say–and the numbers it reports–when the company announces its earnings report later this month. While it has had an avalanche of negative press around its long-term future, the company’s short-term numbers could be quite strong, given the debut of Office 2010 and continued strong PC sales.