This picture taken on on May 25, 2016 shows Microsoft's Finnish headquarters in Espoo. / AFP / Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen
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Microsoft announced Wednesday it was let go up to 1,850 employees and the Finnish union called it the end of the company's smartphone manufacturing business, bought from Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia.Microsoft's chief shop steward in Finland, Kalle Kiili, told AFP the decision means Microsoft will no longer design or manufacture phones.The Finnish company sold its unprofitable handset unit in 2014 for some $7.2 billion to Microsoft, which is closing the entire unit.Employees at Microsoft Oy, a separate Microsoft sales subsidiary based in Espoo, Finland, would not be affected by the job cuts.
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