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Windows Chief May Get Control of Surface, Xbox Hardware

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 14 comments

More talks about Microsoft's reorganization plans.

More talk about a reorganization at Microsoft has surfaced, reporting that Skype president Tony Bates may be put in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, and Windows chief Julie Larson-Green given oversight of hardware engineering for the whole company. The news arrives after Xbox head Don Mattrick, who was slated for the hardware engineering role, left his post this week to take the helm of game developer Zynga.

Last year Microsoft announced a new shift in strategy that will focus on computing devices and Internet-based services. The restructuring, which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was scheduled to reveal internally around July 1, would concentrate units under these key areas. The plan would also separate product engineering from business functions. Ballmer is reportedly still shuffling roles and may not officially announce the restructuring until everything is in place.

For now Ballmer is reportedly taking control of the Xbox division. However as previously mentioned, Larson-Green may be placed in charge of hardware engineering for all devices, including the Xbox One console and Surface tablets. Windows Phone software chief Terry Myerson may also be given the added responsibility for the Windows operating system engineering, as the two groups may be merged together.

Sources told Bloomberg that Satya Nadella, current head of the server business, will likely oversee a unit focused on cloud computing and products for the enterprise sector. Qi Lu, which is currently chief of the online group, may run an applications and services engineering unit consisting of Bing, Skype and Office. Windows marketing head Tami Reller may oversee an entire marketing unit.

Sources also said that Bates will probably lead strategy and business development, and work on building relationships with software developers and Microsoft partners who make hardware running Microsoft software products.  As Bloomberg points out, the overall staffing changes will provide clues as to the executives who may eventually take Ballmer's place as CEO once he steps down or retires.

News of the Microsoft shuffle heated up last week when sources said there will be significant departures, and many executives will have larger roles, as business units will be moved around into new divisions. Sources said the restructuring would be focused on Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft’s Servers and Tools division; Tony Bates, president of its Skype communications unit; and Don Mattrick, president of its Interactive Entertainment division. Qi Lu, president of Microsoft's Online Services unit, and Terry Myerson, who runs the Windows Phone division, were also in the picture.

Another report stated that Ballmer plans to merge the Windows and Windows Phone groups into one unified team to better manage the constancy between desktop and mobile platforms. So far last week's sources seem to be dead on the money, and we expect to hear something formal from Microsoft's CEO as early as next week.

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    hrhuffnpuff , July 4, 2013 5:13 PM
    Restructuring is not the solution. All you do is restructure the friggin bean counters. Hire some hard core enthusiasts. It works in the automobile industry when you have enthusiasts running the joint. Cadillac anyone?
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    halcyon , July 4, 2013 3:18 PM
    I don't care if Sponge Bob is running things. Make attractive products or don't.
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    hrhuffnpuff , July 4, 2013 5:13 PM
    Restructuring is not the solution. All you do is restructure the friggin bean counters. Hire some hard core enthusiasts. It works in the automobile industry when you have enthusiasts running the joint. Cadillac anyone?
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    Duckhunt , July 4, 2013 5:21 PM
    That picture makes him look like such a d+ck head. So its a good picture because its true.It will be funny when lunix takes over and MS is dead and buried.
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    hrhuffnpuff , July 4, 2013 5:53 PM
    Quote:
    That picture makes him look like such a d+ck head. So its a good picture because its true.It will be funny when lunix takes over and MS is dead and buried.

    Well I was thinking he more looks like Uncle Fester's stunt double...
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    RazorBurn , July 4, 2013 6:05 PM
    The only positive I see in this is the merging of the Windows and Windows Phone groups.. As a Windows Phone User, this simply gives a seamless unity of the two OS..
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    Blazer1985 , July 4, 2013 8:03 PM
    Please Steve... just don't.
    @BrianaDestiny1 (spambot) who dafaq is Roy??
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    kinggraves , July 4, 2013 8:11 PM
    The best thing to do with people who aren't doing the job right is to toss them into different roles so they can fail at something they aren't even familiar with. It's not like their title has any relevance anyway since they're all just toadies for Ballmer and anyone that disagrees with him gets tossed out. This move makes it appear Ballmer is actually "trying to fix things" so he can collect another bonus check for the year and earn himself a million dollar pat on the back from investors. Corporations are just focused on bamboozling the investors into thinking they're succeeding when they aren't. Skype went to trash as soon as MS touched it and I can't wait until my subscription ends.
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    Darkerson , July 4, 2013 9:12 PM
    your co-worker's step-aunt makes is full of it. Just stop with this spam. No one cares or believes it.

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    10hellfire01 , July 4, 2013 9:50 PM
    Someone needs to work on his spam skills. Co-workers step aunt? Really? This gave me a good laugh.

    On subject though, I wasn't expecting a restructure this quick. Seems more like a whole lot is going to be dumped on one plate.
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    Duckhunt , July 4, 2013 11:28 PM
    ...Xbox One console and Surface tablets, Really great products . I think he has hand up like that because he is giving everyone the fist. Wow, i have to go back two decades and use my pentium at a higher resolution. XGA, the Extended Graphics Array, is an IBM display standard introduced in 1990.
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    ojas , July 5, 2013 4:14 AM
    If Windows continues to go the Windows Phone route, kiss the explorer shell goodbye. Isolated File Storage is all we'll get.
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    SkateZilla , July 5, 2013 7:43 AM
    Mattrick was a cocky prick.. good riddance... hopefully Zynga doesnt work on nuclear subs.. cuz Mattrick dont know what they are.
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    back_by_demand , July 5, 2013 8:54 AM
    Ballmer has to take a hit for allowing some people to mess things up, like Sinofsky, but when he pushes people overboard he gets slated again. Honestly, none of you are going to be pleased regardless of what they do, so try to contain your rampant fanboisms.
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    binary intelligence , July 5, 2013 7:59 PM
    Good for Steve. If I was him I would start taking control back from these guys as well. This is not the government it's a company and if you want your company to do well sometimes you gotta take control and drive your company to success. Steve Jobs did it and Mr. Dell is trying to do it as well. In the end the only person you can trust for the success is yourself. Once things are on track give control to competent people who "share" the vision. For too long people have been bashing Microsoft and I'm sick of it. Stop trashing American companies and start standing behind them before our youth won't have a place to work or aspire to work.