REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft has confirmed that layoffs were made Monday, Sept. 14, at its Fargo campus.
A company spokesperson said Tuesday that the jobs eliminated were from more than one business area and represented a small percentage of the Microsoft workforce in Fargo.
The spokesperson said the number of people laid off, and the departments where they worked, was not being released.
According to a Microsoft statement, the layoffs were part of a regular evaluation of the business and aligning the company’s resources to its strategic priorities.
The "decision does not change our commitment to have a company presence in Fargo,” the statement said. “We don’t take decisions like these lightly and we are deeply committed to doing everything we can to help our team members through these transitions.”
Less than two years ago, Microsoft announced more than $4 million in upgrades to their Vista building on the southwest Fargo campus. That included updating and refreshing the first floor and second-floor north wing.
The other Fargo campus buildings are Commons, Horizon and Vision.
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Microsoft finalized the $1.1 billion purchase of the former Great Plains Software in April 2001, and at the time renamed the business Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions.
Microsoft was founded in 1975. The company recorded a record-breaking year in 2019, according to figures released in its most recent annual report.
"We delivered more than $125 billion in revenue, $43 billion in operating income, and more than $50 billion in operating cash flow — and returned more than $30 billion to shareholders. Our commercial cloud business is the largest in the world, surpassing $38 billion in revenue for the year, with gross margin expanding to 63 percent," CEO Satya Nadella said in introducing the report.