Sony's recent announcement of a tech deal with Microsoft that will see the two companies come together on research of future cloud solutions took a lot of people by surprise, even those who work at PlayStation itself.
In a report from Bloomberg, it is stated that talks between the two businesses started late last year in Tokyo, although these meetings were kept under wraps. "Staff at the gaming division were caught off-guard by the news. Managers had to calm workers and assure them that plans for the company’s next-generation console weren’t affected."
It's a shame that lower-ranking employees had to learn of their own company's business in the news along with everyone else, but it's understandable why. The announcement was a big deal last week, and news such as this would be easy to leak if the likes of a company-wide email was sent out explaining things. Although, we have to assume the likes of Sony higher-ups Shawn Layden, Jim Ryan, and John Kodera were aware of the upcoming partnership.