Now, it seems, they want some of it back.
The company is asking some laid-off employees for a portion of their severance back, saying an administrative glitch caused the software maker to pay them too much.
The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker is asking former employees for reimbursement, by check or money order, within two weeks, according to a redacted letter posted by the technology blog TechCrunch. [A Microsoft spokesperson] confirmed the letter's authenticity.
Maybe they used Microsoft Accounting Professional for their calculations.