Microsoft takes axe to Finnish staff

steve-ballmer-tongue-540x334Software company Microsoft said today it will make 2,300 people redundant in Finland.

Microsoft had said it will cut nearly 8,000 jobs worldwide in July.

Most of those result from its ill-fated decision to buy Nokia’s mobile unit. That decision was taken by then CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured), who decided Microsoft should pay well over the odds for the Nokia unit.

Most of the job losses in Finland will come from its product development unit in Salo.

Microsoft has made many attempts to get into the burgeoning mobile phone business and has spent untold billions on the attempt.

But yesterday market research firm Gartner said it was still failing to make headway in a market dominated by two operating systems from Google and from Apple.