800 more layoffs at Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. says it is cutting 800 more jobs in addition to the 5,000 layoffs it announced in January.

Microsoft Corp. says it is cutting 800 more jobs in addition to the 5,000 layoffs it announced in January.

After laying off 5,000 people earlier this year, Microsoft announced an additional 800 layoffs on Wednesday. ((Paul Sakuma, file/AP))

Lou Gellos, a Microsoft spokesman, said Wednesday the cuts are being made in offices around the globe. He would not say what specific product groups or types of jobs are affected.

Microsoft has already let go nearly all of the 5,000 people fired earlier this year in what was the company's first-ever widespread round of  layoffs, Gellos said.   

The company said in January it would continue to hire in key areas such as web search.

The software maker, based in Redmond, Wash., employed about 94,000 people as of the end of December 2008.

At the end of September, about 91,000 people worked for Microsoft, indicating the company has added 2,000 jobs this year.