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Jan222009

History of Microsoft layoffs; starting with 1996 floppy disk

In 1996, for example, Microsoft let 120 workers go from its floppy disk assembly facility in Bothell, according to 1996 New York Times story. The reason, as you might expect, was waning demand for the medium. “People who were doing a very good job for us simply were not busy enough,” a Microsoft executive told the newspaper at the time.

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