Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs in the next year

Actual big news that also, sadly, was not a huge surprise.

From The Verge:

While the number is significant, it’s not surprising Microsoft is focusing its cuts on Nokia staff. The software maker pledged $600 million in annual cost savings within 18 months of completing the acquisition. Regardless, the 18,000 job cuts are the biggest reductions ever for Microsoft, topping the 5,800 headcount reduction from 2009. “Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment,” says Nadella.

I'm starting to understand why Jean-Louis Gassée says Satya Nadella needs an editor.

"... integration synergies and strategic alignment." That's about the most corporate thing I've read all week.