(Redmond, WA) -- Microsoft Corporation says it will lay off 18-thousand employees this year, with more than 13-hundred of those in the Puget Sound area. The company-wide layoffs amount to about 14 percent of Microsoft's workforce. Microsoft says more than 12-thousand of the positions to be eliminated are either former Nokia positions or job redundancies resulting from Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. CEO Satya Nadella has notified employees that Microsoft will begin slashing 13-thousand jobs today, with the remainder to be laid off within the next six months.