Microsoft workers are bracing for layoffs to be revealed Thursday

Microsoft validated on Thursday that it is cutting up to 10% of its worldwide sales force.

With about 50,000 people in the Microsoft sales company, that might suggest as much as 5,000 tasks cut. CNBC reports that the number would be closer to 3,000.

Microsoft staff members were anticipating layoffs to start on Thursday when meeting room were reserved, and some workers were being set up for 15-minute conferences with their supervisors, inning accordance with a number of posts on the confidential chat app Blind that were shown Business Insider.

Business Insider does not have access to Blind. Just confirmed staff members at a company can access interactions on Blind for that company. The app is popular at Microsoft; some 25,000 of the software application giant’s staff members use it, inning accordance with Blind.

Microsoft sent out an e-mail to staff members on Monday stating it prepared to make comprehensive modifications to its sales company, GeekWire reported.

The workers who discussed Blind did unknown the number of overall tasks would be cut. Not everybody with a meeting arranged Thursday anticipated to be laid off. Some believed they would be moved to brand-new functions within Microsoft.

Since March, Microsoft utilized 121,567 people around the world with about 52,000 workers in its international sales, marketing, and around the world business systems.

July has become the traditional month for Microsoft to reveal layoffs, coming right after its ends June 30. In 2015 the company revealed it would cut 2,850 positions. Those layoffs were dragged out over a duration of months, with the last 700 cut in January.

Although layoffs can be uncomfortable for individuals who lose their tasks, not everybody believes this reorg is a bad idea. The modifications are meant to make it simpler for Microsoft to offer memberships to its critical cloud computing services.

In the existing sales structure, a lot of offers need to go through the hands of a lot of different sales and marketing people, workers say. CEO Satya Nadella is methodically eliminating layers of management and minimizing administration, one previous Microsoft worker informed us.