What Whisper and Secret have to say about the Microsoft layoffs

Today in tech-sector gossip: Everyone's bummed about Microsoft's massive layoffs. 


Molly McHugh


Published Jul 18, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 10:42 pm CDT

Thursday, Microsoft announced it would be implementing major layoffs. Eighteen thousand people will lose their jobs. Before the official statement came from CEO Satya Nadella, a rumor suggesting as much was posted to anonymous app Whisper (though whether or not it actually showed up before the announcement has been debated). 

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Regardless of the timing, it’s an incredibly sad and ominous sentiment. 

Of course, being that anonymous (or “anonymish”) apps are a watercooler for the tech sector and its gossip, both networks had a few other depressing, anxious Microsoft-related posts coming out of the Seattle and Remond area. 

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Some were comparatively vague, but give the location and timing… well. I’ll let you make your own assumptions. 

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It’s a dark day in Redmond. 

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2014, 8:38 am CDT