Microsoft Cuts Many Open Job Listings in Weakening Economy

Microsoft Corp. is eliminating many open job listings, including in its Azure cloud business and its security software unit, as the economy continues to weaken.

The hiring freezes will continue for the foreseeable future, Microsoft said, while declining to comment further on which departments and businesses are impacted. The company said it is honoring job offers that have already been made for open roles, and will make some exceptions for critical roles. It’s an expansion of a hiring slowdown disclosed in May, which mostly affected its Windows, Office and Teams groups.

The latest slowdowns, which were communicated by executives in the groups to their teams, impact the company’s cloud crown jewels — a key source of growth and investor scrutiny, as well as a newer priority area in security. In the past year, Microsoft brought on long-time Amazon cloud executive Charlie Bell to bulk up its products and strategies for combating hackers and the company considered acquiring cybersecurity firm Mandiant Inc. Now Bell’s ability to bring in new talent has been pared back considerably.