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Microsoft laid off 30 people working on HoloLens in Israel

Microsoft laid off 30 people working on HoloLens in Israel

LONDON: Microsoft has laid off 30 employees who were working on HoloLens, the augmented reality headset, in Israel, with 30 more being relocated within the company, the Israeli news site Ynet reports.

According to Ynet, the 60 jobs come from engineering, meaning they were directly involved in the design and production of the headset.

It’s unclear where the 30 who remain will be relocated. It’s also unclear whether other areas of HoloLens across Microsoft will be affected.

In a statement, the company did not give a reason for the layoffs, describing it as a “shift of jobs across the organization.”

Those who were contract workers were laid off immediately, with permanent employees given one month to find another job within the company.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the decision in mid-2014 to cut 18,000 jobs, with a further 8,000 in July of this year, many from the $7.2 billion (£4.6 billion) acquisition of Nokia. The company then let 1,000 more employees go in October.