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BlackBerry cuts 200 jobs, among them inventor of BBM messaging

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BlackBerry has laid off 200 workers at its head office in Ontario and at an office in Florida, as the smartphone maker moves is turning to its enterprise software business.

the company had 6,225 employees as of February 28, 2015. Most of the layoffs occurred at the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, and some at an office in Florida. The filing indicates 75 people at a branch in Sunrise.

The company confirmed that Gary Klassen is one of the people who has departed in the latest round of cuts. Klassen was one of its longest-tenured employees and the inventor of its BBM messaging service.

Blackberry said that as it continues to execute its turnaround plan, it remains focused on driving efficiencies across its global workforce.

CEO John Chen is shifting BlackBerry to a company that will mainly sell software and services to businesses and governments. He has repeatedly made it clear that the company will continue to produce phones only if that business can at least break even.

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