You know things are bad everywhere when Microsoft starts cutting jobs. It's a sure sign of the apocalypse if Apple and Google cut jobs next.
Microsoft said it cut advertising and marketing positions on Wednesday as it "works to align the business to key priorities. I can confirm that there were job eliminations today at Microsoft," a company spokeswoman said in an email. "I can assure you we're thinking about the exciting new opportunities that Windows 8, Xbox and Skype present for our advertising and marketing partners."