Microsoft is laid down hundreds of editors and production staff at the companies Microsoft News and MSN.
The layoffs are part of Microsoft’s broader drive to focus on artificial intelligence to select news and content from MSN.com, inside the Organisation’s Edge software, and the numerous Microsoft News applications in the business. Most of the staff impacted are members of the SANE (search, advertising, news, edge) division of the Corporation, and are hired as human editors to help select stories.
“Like all businesses, we periodically review our business,” a spokesperson for the Company said in a statement. “This will lead to expanded spending in some areas, and re-deployment in others from time to time. Such decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.’
Although the Company insists the cuts are not specifically linked to the current coronavirus pandemic, advertisement sales plummeting through Television , magazines, internet, and more have struck media outlets all over the world hard.
Microsoft has been in the news business for more than 25 years, after launching MSN all the way back in 1995. At the launch of The Company News nearly two years ago, the Organisation revealed it had “more than 800 editors working from 50 locations around the world.”
Over recent months, the Company has slowly pushed toward AI with its reporting on Microsoft News, and has even enabled advertisers and journalists to use AI. Microsoft used AI to search for content and then process and sort it, even recommending images to match it with human editors. The Company had used human editors to curate top stories from a variety of sources on Microsoft News, MSN, and Microsoft Edge for display.