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Microsoft to axe 18,000 jobs

Larger than expected cuts pave way for leaner firm focused on cloud and mobile

[SEATTLE] Microsoft Corp said yesterday that it will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 per cent of its workforce, this year as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

The larger-than-expected cuts...

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