MICROSOFT IS OUTDOING ITSELF with generosity, and is offering its Chinese Nokia employees a free Lumia 630 smartphone if they voluntarily resign from the firm.
The news, which comes just days after hundreds of former Nokia employees held protests against Microsoft's impending job cuts in China, comes via Marketwatch, which reports that Microsoft is giving free Nokia handsets to up to 300 employees per day if they apply for its voluntary termination package.
The phone in question is the Nokia Lumia 630, a phone that Microsoft is offering to staff that built the device at a former Nokia handset factory in Bejing, and a device that is priced at a mere £100 in the UK. The report says that Microsoft is offering the handsets to staff in China on a "first come, first served basis".
Microsoft has so far decline to comment on the report.
It also declined to comment on last week's protests, which saw "hundreds" of Microsoft employees take to the streets of China to protest the firm's upcoming job reductions, which will see 18,000 jobs go at the firm - 12,500 from its recently acquired Nokia devices division.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the job cuts last month, saying, "We will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year.
"Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers."
Reuters reported that the protestors were waving banners and shouting chants about "Microsoft's hostile takeover and violent layoffs", adding that the protest lasted for around five hours until those involved "has sore throats". µ