The cuts will see Microsoft take a new impairment charge

Microsoft will cut as many as 1,850 jobs and take a new impairment charge as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella pares back the company s ambitions in smartphones.

Last July, the company said it planned to cut as many as 7,800 jobs and write down the handset business by $7.6 billion, and earlier this month it agreed to sell its feature phone unit.

Microsoft expects to complete most of the announced actions by the end of 2016 with further details to be released with fourth-quarter earnings in July.

Windows phones had less than 1 per cent of the global smartphone market in the first quarter, according to Gartner.

Nadella has been trying to revitalize the company that was once known mainly for personal-computer software by focusing on web-based services and productivity applications.

The company is slashing costs and concentrating on Windows 10 to restore growth in PCs.

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