Microsoft announces a plan to close Skype’s London office and lay off most of the employees, according to the Financial Times. There are nearly 400 people work at Skype office in London.
Microsoft confirm the layoffs rumors somehow, telling the Times that it has “made the decision to unify some engineering positions, potentially putting at risk a number of globally focused Skype and Yammer roles”.
Skype will continue to maintain other offices across the world, including in Redmond, Palo Alto, Vancouver and some other locations in Europe.
But Microsoft decision still shows a shift in priorities. An anonymous former employees revealed to the Financial Times that Microsoft has actively been trying to take control over Skype, replacing old Skype’s employees with its own.
Skype was one of the first chatting application that offers voice and video call services. But it’s increasing come under threat from competitors like Whatsapp & Facebook Messenger along with others. They offer the same features and have huge user bases.
Source: Financial Times