May 28, 2016

"The Finnish government criticized Microsoft for turning to more job cuts in the country, pointing out that the company has a huge responsibility to help those who are being let go."

softpedia: Microsoft’s latest job cut round included 1,850 people, 1,350 of whom are said to be working in Finland. By Bogdan Popa

'“I am disappointed because of the (initial) promises made by Microsoft," Finance Minister Alexander Stubb was quoted as saying by Reuters. “One example is that the data center did not materialize despite the company's promise.”

'Back in 2013, when Microsoft purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services business, the company promised to invest $250 million in a data center located in Finland that was specifically meant to provide services to European customers. The new data center was supposed to generate more jobs locally, but the construction of the facility has never started.

'Microsoft says that the new job cuts will be completed by the end of the year, with all employees to receive severance packages worth $200 million (€178 million).'

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