Microsoft is laying off about 100 people in its hardware and software business, according to people familiar with the matter, as it moves toward a more open and transparent future.
The company is also moving to a more agile approach to its hardware strategy, one that is focused on products and services rather than a single product line, the people said.
The move is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, according a person familiar with Microsoft’s plans.
The company, which was founded in 1975, has struggled to retain the talent needed to keep pace with the pace of growth in mobile computing.
In the past, the company has struggled with software, which is often designed for older devices and has been less profitable.
Microsoft is now focusing on products like Office, Windows, Bing and Bing for Work, according the people familiar.
Microsoft is also considering selling off the company’s business in a few areas, the person said.
Microsoft has struggled in the past to keep up with technology, especially with Microsoft devices.
The technology giant has struggled, in part, with the spread of the Internet of Things, which has made it difficult to build and deliver a comprehensive set of tools for customers.
The companies goal is to create an open, transparent platform that is aligned with its vision for a more connected and connected world, the executives said.
“The company’s mission is to be the trusted partner of the enterprise and an engine of innovation, enabling the next generation of IT,” the people briefed on the matter said.