But why is this happening? Well, there are a few reasons. When Microsoft snapped up Nokia's devices and services business for around $7 billion, it took on some 25,000 new employees -- naturally, some of those people would be made redundant. CEO Satya Nadella's new Microsoftian vision in an open memo released in July is part of it too. To him, a leaner Microsoft is a smarter, more nimble Microsoft and he'd ultimately like to see "fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making." When all is said and done, Nadella said the company would cut a total of about 18,000 jobs -- this next wave of layoffs is getting him awfully close to that goal, but you'd be wise to expect at least one more batch to make headlines in a few months.
UPDATE: We're starting to get a better sense of how these layoffs break down. ZDNet reports that 747 of the employees were in Washington, while another 160 were in California. 50 of the people in that latter category previously made up Microsoft's Silicon Valley Research arm, which has been all but shuttered at this point.