Talk less about Microsoft’s strategy and more about the city it just threw on the scrap heap

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Microsoft announced some big decisions today, writing off $7.6 billion from the Nokia acquisition and sacking 7,800 employees. A significant number of those staff (2,300) are based in Salo, Finland. Salo is basically a Nokia company town – 1,000 employees at the factory were laid off back in 2012 – and the latest round of job cuts means Microsoft is slashing the workforce by 66 percent. For the people of the city, it could have a similar effect to the base closing in a military town. The local economy has relied heavily on that presence for a very long time. The workers in…

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