There's a little surprise hidden in the depths of Citrix's 4Q08 and FY08 earnings results. The company announced the "implementation of a restructuring program and steps to reduce its headcount by approximately 10 percent of the company’s global workforce." This comes on the heels of Microsoft's first ever round of layoffs last week, where they announced that they'd lay off 5000 workers, or 5% of global headcount.
VMware hasn't had any mass layoffs so far, and none are planned at this time. In fact, they have 193 job openings on their website (https://www.vmware.com/company/jobs/openings), including several in their desktop virtualization division. (In related news, did you know that we also have a job board at www.brianmadden.com/jobs?)
All three companies are claiming they'll keep focused during the downturn economy, and they'll be stronger than ever on the upside