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Microsoft laying off 378 in SD from Nokia unit

About a third of Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Nokia division's workforce in Rancho Bernardo is being laid off as part of a cutback that will include 18,000 Microsoft employees, including 13,000 from the Nokia unit alone.

While KPBS is reporting that 378 jobs are being lost locally, the CoStar Group reports the Nokia North American headquarters division will still have about 800 workers at its 198,734-square-foot facility at The Summit at 16620 W. Bernardo Drive.

The Nokia division, which was moved from Scripps Ranch to The Summit a year after the 16620 building was constructed in 2009, has a lease occupying the entire building that extends until September 2020. The Jay Paul Cos. owns the building.

On Thursday, Stephen Elop, Microsoft mobile devices unit executive vice president, said in a memorandum to Microsoft (Nokia) employees, that layoffs would be happening in San Diego as well as Beijing in an effort to streamline the company's operations.

"Our phone engineering efforts are expected to be concentrated in Salo, Finland (for future, high-end Lumia products) and Tampere, Finland (for more affordable devices). We plan to develop the supporting technologies in both locations …" Elop wrote in a statement. "While we plan to reduce the engineering in Beijing and San Diego, both sites will continue to have supporting roles, including affordable devices in Beijing and supporting specific U.S. requirements in San Diego."

Nokia's devices and services businesses were acquired for 3.79 billion Euro by Microsoft in September of last year.

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