Microsoft cuts about 200 marketing employees

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LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Microsoft Corp. says it laid off some of its marketing staff as part of an effort to restructure its operations.

The company did not specify how many of its 92,000 employees were let go on Wednesday, but a person familiar with the software maker’s strategy said about 200 people lost their jobs.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details of the restructuring effort.

The Redmond, Wash.-based company issued a statement saying the reduction in positions is aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the company’s marketing operations.

Last month, Microsoft posted flat earnings for the final quarter of 2011 and improved sales of servers, Xbox games and its Office productivity software.