The company has been beefing up its cloud software and services as it tries to unseat the sector’s top provider Amazon Web Services (AWS). Microsoft Azure’s revenue grew 93 percent in the first quarter of 2017, compared to AWS’ 43 percent growth. Azure claims to be the fastest growing cloud provider with over 120,000 new customers every month in the most regions across the globe.
First reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal late last week, Microsoft’s business reshuffling could result in layoffs.
While some news outlets have said Microsoft plans to lay off “thousands” of employees worldwide, internal memos obtained by Reuters do not mention layoffs. These memos say the company reorganization will affect sales and marketing teams under Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela and Executive Vice Presidents Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois.
The move aims to “align the right resources for the right customer at the right time,” according to an email from Althoff obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.
In June, the company consolidated some of its cloud, artificial intelligence, and data platform business units, ZDNet reported.
Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference, Inspire, kicks off July 9 in Washington, D.C.