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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


Posted on Jul 18, 2014   Updated on 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). 


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. 

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

It’s a dark day in Redmond. 

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