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Microsoft workers in Charlotte could be laid off

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Microsoft is making cuts that could be felt here in Charlotte.  It's the company's largest round of layoffs since the financial crisis in 2009.

One reason - changes in technology.  Instead of buying desktop computers with Microsoft Windows, more consumers are buying tablets. Microsoft says it is focusing more on mobile and cloud technology.

The Microsoft offices in Charlotte are not open to the public, which made it difficult to get answers. But the workers there have to be wondering if they will have a job at Christmas time.

There are several Microsoft buildings just off of Arrowood Road filled with workers.   A data source called Business Wise says there are roughly 2,000 Microsoft workers here in Charlotte. According to the company's web site those workers at the Microsoft Technology Center provide support and sales services to corporations. This month, Microsoft did post several open positions in Charlotte.

The CEO sent out a company-wide email at 5 a.m. Thursday saying they will cut 18,000 workers.  13,000 workers will be out of a job by the end of the year. He did not get into specifics about where in the corporation that will happen, but said everyone will be treated with respect. He said today your Senior Leadership Team member will share more on what to expect in your organization.

The CEO says on July 22 he will explain more on a public earnings call. A spokesperson for Microsoft said per policy she can't share the specifics of the layoffs broken down by locations.

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