Microsoft Accepts $7.6 Billion Loss on Nokia Deal, Cuts 7800 Jobs

Microsoft has finally decided to put the unprofitable Nokia deal behind in a bid to (again) start fresh in the smartphone industry, as it prepares for the new Windows 10 era.

Today, the company announced that it will write down $7.6 billion in assets acquired from the Nokia buyout deal and slash its workforce, mostly from the phone division, by 7,800 employees. Furthermore, it will spend between $750 and $850 million on restructuring efforts.

The changes were announced in by the CEO Satya Nadella in a memo to his employees. The gargantuan losses are incurred mainly because Microsoft failed to gain any substantial market share after completing the Nokia deal, and is now opting rather to accept a one-time charge.

Following today’s announcement, Microsoft will be focusing primarily on finding partners to make Windows ecosystem larger. It will continue to make phones itself too, but we’ve already seen how that turned out.

We need to focus our phone efforts in the near term while driving reinvention. We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem that includes our first-party device family.

Furthermore, all the company’s efforts will now be directing towards three types of users: business users who want management, security and productivity services; value phone buyers who need communications services and Windows fans who want flagship phones.

Redmond will be assisting its employees in finding new employment opportunities. With Bing maps, it will continue its partnership with the transportation network company Uber, while in advertising, it will continue to collaborate with AOL.

There will be drumrolls over this news as things haven’t turned out of the blue. Windows Phone, for one, hasn’t really made money in its lifetime for Microsoft. The arrival of Windows 10 Mobile further makes it realize that a radical change is required for things to work well.

In the end, it is a brave and courageous move on Microsoft’s part to not prolong an atrophying component and move on. Satya Nadella has made sure that the rather direction-less company he got finally gets a target and wants to focus his “phone efforts in the near term while driving innovation”.

Not a bad way to start a new era.


  • M Waseem Akhtar

    Surely a brave move. It’s better to book one time loss rather to get loss every year closing.

  • Well 7800 Jobs is big figure indeed…..

  • Muhammad Aamir

    I presume there are only two ways for the survival of Microsoft Smartphone:

    1. Follow Andriod
    2. Follow Apple

  • Rizwan Ali

    Not bad move?

    Destroying the market leader in phones (Nokia) and adding turmoil in lives of 7800 families….. they should have never acquired Nokia… They brought Nokia to knees and now all Nokia loyals have been laid.

    Very sad.

  • Adeel

    Microsoft is not serious on fixing known major issues. Thousands of users are annouyed due to these bugs. they should continue their habbit of update by fixing bugs.

  • Faraz Masood Khan

    Why they made Satya Nadella CEO when Microsoft was rocking with Steve Ballmer?

    Ironically Android future is also seems to be doomed under Sunder Pichai, what a failure Google I/O 2015 was, developers & tech reviewers sayings they fall to sleep