Microsoft has confirmed plans for a new round of redundancies, with reports suggesting that more than 3,000 non-US jobs, predominantly in sales and marketing, are set for the chop.
The admission follows reports earlier this week that Microsoft was preparing to lay-off staff across the world.
Microsoft's fiscal year ended on 30 June, so the timing of the cutbacks will almost certainly be tied to the company's move into the new fiscal year, which started on 1 July, and its upcoming annual report and annual general meeting of stockholders.
The downsizing will also include an "organisational merger" that reportedly involves Microsoft's enterprise customer unit and one or more of its SME-focused divisions.
Bloomberg is also reporting that a Microsoft staffing shuffle is planned, with the company looking to reorganise its business so that it can "better focus on selling cloud software".
"The shifts will be some of the most significant in the sales force in years," the report said.
The move follows a number of organisational changes introduced in January affecting Microsoft's sales and marketing teams. That reshuffle saw several of those teams move under the command of Judston Altoff, executive vice president of Microsoft's Worldwide Commercial Business Group.
However, ZDNet's Microsoft-watcher, Mary Jo Foley, said that the number of job cuts might not be as big as TechCrunch and Bloomberg have suggested, adding that the reshuffle comes as Altoff looks to refocus Microsoft's sales team on selling Azure and other cloud services in a bid to catch up with market leader Amazon.
Microsoft, naturally, has declined to comment on the speculation.
Last year, Microsoft announced that it would cut 2,850 jobs, including at least 900 in sales.
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