In this July 11, 2013 file photo, then Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shows the company's Nokia Lumia 1020, in New York. Elop, now Microsoft Executive Vice President, sent employees of the company's devices business a memo detailing its job cut plans. Microsoft on Thursday, July 17, 2014 said it would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, with about 12,500 related to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone business in April. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to make its own devices.

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