I don't believe for a minute that MS are in any sort of financial trouble. Nor Sony. Nor many others. But this recession is the perfect way for big corps to trim the fat without too much resistance from unions and staff bodies, without too much negative press, and if your share price is dropping anyway, now is the time to do all the dirty work. We're all panicking, wondering if we'll keep our jobs, so these companies can get away with stuff that would otherwise be questioned. Don't believe the hype.