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Jan 26, 2005, 22:42 #1
Microsoft Outsourcing, Lay-Offs
Microsoft is laying off 62 test engineers in the second round of cuts hitting Windows testers in the past five months.The 62 work in the core operating system division, headed by Brian Valentine, a senior vice president. In the past, Valentine has called on managers to consider outsourcing work to India as a way to get more done for less cost.
Microsoft is outsourcing some test work to overseas companies such as Wipro, Infosys and Tata Consultancy in India. It's also expanding its overseas research and development facilities with a new campus opening this month in Hyderabad, India.Separately, the company in August announced that it was laying off 76 employees in its Xbox division.
Layoffs used to be a rarity at Microsoft, but the company has become more aggressive about pruning its ranks. One factor is the push by executives to cut costs and adjust to the slower growth in the technology industry.
There are also rumors that the plug might be pulled on Longhorn.
Jan 26, 2005, 23:18 #2
Based on the article, the main reason for the layoffs is automated testing software taking over the need for human testers, and not so much offshore outsourcing... but then again who knows.
Why might they be pulling the plug on Longhorn?Danielion
Imagine a world without hypothetical scenarios...
Jan 27, 2005, 08:28 #3Originally Posted by Synaesthesiac
Jan 27, 2005, 16:11 #4
Ten years?!? Oh man. The rumor that the plug might be pulled on Longhorn was over on f*ckedcompany - I couldn't find anything more substantial than that though. Just a rumor, but Longhorn is becoming somewhat like Duke Nukem Forever.
Jan 27, 2005, 16:12 #5Originally Posted by DaveMichaels
Jan 27, 2005, 16:17 #6
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I have dreams of running Perl6 on Longhorn while getting a foot massage from Beyonce. I should probably not hold my breath, huh?
Jan 27, 2005, 16:21 #7