Microsoft is planning a restructuring Wednesday that will include thousands of layoffs, largely in the sales department, CNBC reported.
Most of the cuts will be in jobs located outside of the United States, and the cuts will amount to less than 10 percent of Microsoft's sales force, according to a statement.
"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," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC.
Previous reports suggested the move was in the works, and that the tech giant would focus on selling its cloud services product, Azure. That business has been booming, with Azure's sales nearly doubling last quarter.