Microsoft's entry into the on-line services arena took a massive blow last week when the company announced it was laying off nearly 200 contractors.
Most of the jobs were in production and marketing although Microsoft insists no permanent staff will be affected. Larry Cohen, group product manager for MSN, is claimed to have said that several of the MSN "shows" were not being renewed due to low hit rates.
None of the axed shows have been identified but Cohen said: "We will be adding new ones."
- Microsoft confirmed last week that two of its servers went down causing a back-log of mail for anyone whose mail address begins with the letter T or R. A Microsoft spokesperson told PC Week that the servers were being overhauled as part of a maintenance program.
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