An interesting story about Microsoft’s obstetric specialists in China has emerged, and the company has yet to comment on the layoffs.
Microsoft is reportedly shedding its regional obstetrics consultants (ROC) group.
The news comes as Microsoft is laying off its global obstetric consultant workforce in response to a sharp decline in sales.
A report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says Microsoft is also closing its Chinese operations.
The report cites a source close to Microsoft as saying the company is “dividing the ROC into smaller teams” and “making strategic decisions on how to leverage the resources available to other teams in order to better support its global business.”
The BCG has also claimed that Microsoft is closing its local obstetics team in Shanghai and Shanghai’s regional OB-GYN team is also being shuttered.
The layoffs come at a time when Microsoft is looking to focus on other areas of its business.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to buy up to 300,000 shares of Nokia, the Finnish smartphone maker.
The acquisition will help Microsoft turn around the fortunes of its Nokia subsidiary, which was previously spun off from Microsoft in 2010.
Earlier in June, Microsoft reported its second-quarter earnings, and analysts had predicted a sales boost of around 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion).