News services continue to play a key role in Microsoft's long-term strategy, and Microsoft News in particular is a name that the company bets a lot.
The company in the past was ringing that it uses at least 800 journalists from more than 50 websites worldwide to make sure it distributes only the best articles to its users.
But Microsoft will also use it in a new strategy that will result in the reduction of its current workforce.
Microsoft is preparing to lay off some employees around the world, as the company will replace them with artificial intelligence technology.
In other words, employees will no longer be used to edit the news that the company displays in Microsoft News, as it will use AI. About 50 workers will be laid off in the United States, while others are expected to be laid off others 27 in the United Kingdom (from PA Media - former Press Association).
For many, the decision is a result of the economic climate created by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Microsoft says that is not the case. The company says it is aiming to increase its focus on artificial intelligence and is launching a first-hand approach to news services.
"Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis," said a Microsoft spokesman. "This can lead to increased investment in some places and, from time to time, further development in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic. "