Microsoft shedding jobs, to let 18,000 go

Shift of focus hits firm's Nokia arm

Posted: July 18, 2014 at 4 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile-device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

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