A lot has been made of Microsoft's plan to cut 18,000 jobs. The headlines have been dramatic like "Microsoft Employees in Seattle Are 'Shell Shocked' At the Size of the Layoffs," or "Microsoft cuts 18,000 jobs as part of its largest layoff ever." Yet in the end, Microsoft is simply cutting out divisions of Nokia that it purchased last September. So these were "temporary" Microsoft employees that were there under a year. With 12,500 Nokia employee cuts out of 18,000, that equals 5,500 lost longer standing Microsoft jobs which is somewhere in the 5% range of their total workforce. That's a normal range cut for company's experiencing a recession. Microsoft intends to better focus their Nokia phone offering aiming for both economy phones and those aimed at Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy by 2015.