Microsoft Press is a division of Microsoft which has been helping IT professionals, developers, and home office and office users advance their technical skills and knowledge with books and other resources since 1984. Some of the books are written by industry experts and these books are available worldwide. As the usage and sales of books are decreasing day by day, Microsoft Press is focusing more on online content and eBooks. IT Unity today reported that Microsoft Press has decided to lay off all its editorial staff. IT Unity mentioned the following regarding the lay off.
A sign of continuing financial pressures on the traditional book publishing market came in last week’s decision to layoff all the Microsoft Press editorial staff. These individuals were responsible for bringing Microsoft Press book projects through from initial concept to final publication and are well respected in the industry. The work is now likely to be done on an outsourced basis, probably in association with Pearson, who already handles the distribution of Microsoft Press titles. It is a sad day for a part of Microsoft that has contributed so much to the advancement of learning about the company’s technology since 1984.
Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to us that there were job reductions and gave the following statement,
“The job reductions impacted a variety of roles and reflect adaptations to business needs. We go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals.”
You can find some great online content from Microsoft Press here.