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A building on the Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft has announced a major reorganization including plans to layoff several thousand employees around the globe.

CNBC reports the company could cut around 3,000 jobs, about 10 percent of its total sales force. Most of the changes would reportedly affect employees outside of the United States.

Microsoft said while it’s cutting jobs in some areas, it is expanding in others.

Geekwire obtained the following statement from Microsoft:

“Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners. Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others.”

The reorganization was announced internally on Monday.

Last week, reports surfaced that Microsoft planned a reorganization to focus more on cloud sales.

The news came as its cloud businesses continue to perform well. Revenue from Azure, its key cloud-computing platform, soared 93% in its most recent quarter.

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