London: American multinational technology company Microsoft is planning to lay off almost 400 employees by closing its London office of Skype.
Officials from the company quoted saying, “Microsoft made the decision to unify some engineering positions, potentially putting at risk a number of globally focused Skype and Yammer roles.”
However, Skype will still maintain offices throughout the world, including in Redmond, Palo Alto, Vancouver, and several locations in Europe.
Former employees of Microsoft told media persons that Microsoft has increasingly been taking control of Skype, replacing Skype’s employees with its own.
Skype was one of the first big voice chatting apps, but it’s increasingly come under threat from basically all sides.
Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are among others, offer the same features and have enormous user bases.