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Microsoft trims about 200 marketing jobs

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Redmond, Wash.—As part of a restructuring of its marketing department, Microsoft Corp. has cut about 200 jobs, the company confirmed. Gayle Troberman, Microsoft's chief creative officer, is among those leaving. The cuts are a part of an effort by Microsoft and its new CMO, Chris Capossela, to decentralize marketing responsibilities and move them to product teams handling company products, such as Bing and Windows. "Given the rapid changes in technology and the shifts in how our customers connect with Microsoft, great marketing is more important than ever to Microsoft's future success," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "We're taking steps to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our marketing and to strengthen career paths for marketers at Microsoft. Some of these changes involved the reduction of a small percentage of marketing positions to better align our resources with our business needs and clarify roles across the marketing function."

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