Yesterday Microsoft announced that they were cutting a total of 18,000 jobs from their workforce, the news also included some other announcements, and one of those is related to the Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Microsoft will be closing the Xbox Entertainment Studios, this is the division at Microsoft that is responsible for original Xbox programming.
In a statement issued to GameSpot, Microsoft outlined its plans to “streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox” This includes the shutdown of XES “in the coming month.” Prior to this, it was unclear how the Xbox business would be affected by the layoffs; a report earlier this week suggested Xbox marketing employees would be let go, but that remains unconfirmed.
The Halo project which the Xbox Entertainment Studios was working on will be unaffacted by the closure of the division, and it will apparently continue as normal.
So it looks like Microsoft will continue to work on original programing for the Xbox console, but this will now be done on a much smaller scale than before.
The company also announced yesterday, that it would no longer be releasing Android smartphone, which were under the Nokia X brand, these will now switch to Windows Phone.
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