A lot has been written about Microsoft's protracted takeover of Nokia, but surprisingly little of it has been about the surely necessary evil of job cuts.
Well expect that to change this week, as Microsoft is expected to announce its biggest job cuts in five years on the back of absorbing Nokia and its staff count into its ranks.
Bloomberg is quoting insiders in the know as having tipped it off to the likely staff cuts, though it doesn't offer any specifics in terms of either numbers or which specific parts of the business will be affected.
Back in 2009 Redmond announced it was letting 6000 staff go around the globe on the back of the economic downturn, but it has consolidated since then and with Nokia's numbers included in its ranks now has around 127,000 staff in total – almost as much as Google and Apple combined.
Some staff cuts are inevitable from the Nokia takeover, since the prospect of cutting overall costs through sharing resources is part of the appeal of such deals in the first place.
But it'll be interesting to see whether the cutbacks are all Nokia-related, or whether Microsoft is starting to count the cost of the broader Windows Phone platform's underperformance, not to mention the unloved Windows RT.