Today, a report from OnMSFT said that employee morale at Microsoft’s livestreaming platform, Mixer, was at an all-time low. Employees are concerned about the future of the service and there are layoffs taking place there.
You can read an excerpt that illuminates the situation below. There is also a video that shows a manager being rather disrespectful to employees.
Mixer has had a rough few months that involved the original founders leaving the business alongside a general manager and corporate vice president. However, what hasn’t been reported is that over the last six months, there have been sixteen layoffs due to budget cuts which have shed roughly 25 percent of an already skeletal team and are causing feature releases to slip schedules. That’s according to a Mixer employee who reached out to us, concerned about the direction and fate of Mixer… During an internal Mixer town hall last week, executives spoke to its skeleton crew of employees to address the growing sense of frustration and low morale within the business, unfortunately, their words left a lot to be desired… Shilpa Yadla had been meeting with employees one on one, presumably to assuage fears and concerns, but on stage, her words may have had the adverse effect.
Hopefully, Microsoft will comment about this and lay out a plan for Mixer’s future. The video clip provided lacks context, as it only contains a small part of the full meeting. Keep in mind that this could help a single disgruntled employee to set an agenda, but it’s no secret that Mixer has an uphill climb on its hands when compared to Amazon’s Twitch and Google’s YouTube.
Microsoft has a history of underfunding promising projects ultimately leading to them being shut down. Is Mixer doomed to join them? Let us know what you think.
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