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Microsoft to cut 1,350 jobs in Finland

Microsoft has announced it is shutting down mobile device research and development operations in Finland with the loss of some 1,350 jobs. The company bought Nokia’s mobile phone business in 2014 but has failed to make it profitable. Last year the firm announced the closure of the Salo site with the loss of 2,300 jobs.

Microsoftin pääkonttori Keilaniemessa
Microsoft's Finnish head office in Espoo. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

Some 1,350 jobs are to go in Finland after Microsoft announced it is closing down production in the city. Worldwide an additional 500 jobs will be cut.

Microsoft's mobile unit had been part of Nokia’s mobile phone business but was sold to Microsoft along with that devices business for 5.5 billion euros in 2014.

Microsoft has struggled to make the unit profitable, with the firm’s flagship Lumia smartphones’ market share still falling, and had shut down some operations in Finland last year with the closure of the Salo site.

Nokia recently announced a return to consumer electronics, with the company selling an Android phone to go alongside its N1 tablet and wearables from the French wellness technology firm Withings, which was recently acquired by Nokia.

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