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The Road Ahead
In light of the global economic slowdown which forced companies to curtail their spending on IT, Microsoft announced on January 22, 2009, that it would cut 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months. While announcing the decision, Ballmer said, "As part of the process of adjustments, we will eliminate up to 5,000 positions in R&D, marketing, sales, finance, LCA, HR, and IT over the next 18 months, of which 1,400 will occur today...
Exhibit I: Fortune's List of 'Best Companies to Work For' (In 2009)
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