Julie Larson-Green confirmed as new Xbox boss in Microsoft restructuring

19-year Microsoft veteran Julie Larson-Green the new head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios Engineering Group, overseeing all Xbox development.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced a major organisational shake-up at the company, confirming former Windows boss Julie Larson-Green as the new head of Xbox hardware.

Writing a memo to all Microsoft staff, Ballmer speaks of his vision for "One Microsoft" will enable the company to operate at "greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world."

Larson-Green, a 19-year veteran of the company, will now lead Microsoft's Devices and Studios Engineering Group, and will look after all of Microsoft's hardware development--including the Xbox brand.

As the head of Microsoft's Windows division, Larson-Green oversaw the launches of Windows 8 and Windows 7. She also led the visual redesign introduced in Microsoft Office 2007.

Former Microsoft boss Don Mattrick was reported to have been lined up for Larson-Green's new role, but recently departed Microsoft to join social gaming giant Zynga as its CEO.

Elsewhere in the company, former Windows Phone boss Terry Myerson will now head up the Operating Systems Engineering Group that will encompass all versions of the company's flagship operating system across console, mobile, and PC. The Applications and Services Engineering Group, led by Qi Lu, will focus on developing applications services, and search.

Former Skype boss Tony Bates will take charge of Microsoft's Business Development and Evangelism Group, and will work on strengthening the company's relationship with other manufacturers and developers.

"Lots of change," said Ballmer. "But in all of this, many key things remains [sic] the same. Our incredible people, our spirit, our commitment, our belief in the transformative power of technology--our Microsoft technology--to make the world a better place for billions of people and millions of businesses around the world. It’s why I come to work inspired every day. It’s why we’ve evolved before, and why we’re evolving now. Because we’re not done."

"Let’s go," concluded Ballmer.

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PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

At the age of 51, she is looking good....really good.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

So she is the new boss eh ?  Well it seems the company still hasn't stopped people in it from saying stupid stuff to continue the hate towards the company and their new console coming out.  Seriously MS shut the fuck up !

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

That's great. Still won't be buying an Xbox one next gen.


MrOrbitz
MrOrbitz

How do you guys know she's not a gamer? and why does that matter in the slightest on how good of a job she'll do? Don Mattrick was a gamer and he was a blithering idiot who ruined the reputation of Xbox world wide.. She can't possibly do any worse.

stonefang
stonefang

Julie Larson-Green = MILF

MILF + BUTTERMILK = CREAMY GOODNESS!

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

main concern: 

does she know the gaming world?

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

I'd hit it.

Once. Ok maybe twice. Thrice? 

JamesGrewer
JamesGrewer

Good luck to her

I'd bet my life J.L. Greene will do a better job than the ass we've got rid of.

I mean "fkU, play 360" isn't exactly encouraging on any level. E3 was pathetic and the reveal in May......

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

LOL they put a 40 year old woman as a boss for the XBOX gaming department...Not a smart move

TeamBuddies
TeamBuddies

It seems that Microsoft is on an evangelistic trip.  Should we be amused or terrified? 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

This should be on feedbackula, 80% of these comments are about doing her, not the actual article.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

No Xbox One for me.  You can put a pretty face on but underneath I can see the devils is truly there inside you and your company.  Fuckoff Microsoft !

FKlepackiFTW
FKlepackiFTW

And of course the whole chat got full of horny virgin nerd boys.

WoZe
WoZe

She needs a good spanking.

DaSlyOne
DaSlyOne

Maybe she'll inject some common sense into the Xbox division. 

GladChimer
GladChimer

Guys you are ignoring the fact that working at Microsoft and having the position of being the head of ALL of Microsoft's hardware development doesn't have much to do with gaming or being male; it has to do with your general management skills, I would imagine. If that weren't the case, you, with your infinite knowledge of Gears of War and Halo, could apply for Larson-Green's position and not be laughed at.

Can we please stop the dumb sexist comments, because Fox News and all the wonderful journalists or extreme feminists are just going to love to check out this comment section if they stumble upon it and screenshot the heck out of it and make us look like uncivilized barbarians.

Which we aren't, or rather shouldn't be. I mean, be whoever you want to be and stuff, individualism is great, but let's just paint a nicer picture of this community for once, please.  

brxricano
brxricano

LOL, nothing intimidates internet nerds like a pretty woman running the show. Look here, if you worked for her, you would shit your pants. You have NO idea how hardcore a female corporate boss is. You really think she did nothing to get this job don't you......ROFL. She left a pile of bodies on her way to the top, believe it or not.  Man's world my ass. Talk the big misogynist game from behind your keyboard, but I guarantee it wouldn't cross your mind if you had to work with\for her on any level. Just in case she can hear people's thoughts. Trust me, it wouldn't take you long to figure out why she got the job, and I promise you wouldn't speak up about it. You know whats really scary? How she can smile so warmly for that photo, because that is the face of ruthlessness.

tionmedon
tionmedon

with 19 yrs with MS i bet she is a awesome gamer............

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

What the hell does it matter if she's a woman?  My daughter loves videogames.  She wants to go to college to be a graphic artist.  She has a passion.  Wants it to be a career.

What matters is if the person has a passion for the job.  If this woman does, great, but if she doesn't, she shouldn't get the job.

Hiring someone just because of their gender is wrong and talking shit just because of one's gender is asinine and ignorant. 

Some of you are pathetic.

musalala
musalala

What does she know about gaming? Isn't the whole reason xboner turned out crap becuase don was not a gamer? Ms are just so confused right now.

Deano
Deano

what does a woman in her 40's know about gaming.

I'd bet she hasn't actually even played  a game beyond 10 minutes, ever.

TheAmazingYeah
TheAmazingYeah

Come on, how many of these suits do we really believe are actual gamers?   They're very busy running companies and making incredible salaries to be bothered with pastimes outside of social climbing and appealing to investors.  It's almost unacceptable to be a corporate head and play games anyway.  Read Ben Kuchera's brief (and somewhat biased) piece on the stigma of being a gamer in a corporate power structure http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/youve-got-to-hide-your-love-away-behind-the-stigma-of-being-an-open-gamer .  Or check out the Guardian article about Microsoft handing the keys to the kingdom over to the NSA - http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data . I'm not trying to endorse any sort of worldview, but going from a "Boy's Club" corporate environment to an English teacher and M. Ed. shows two different sides of women in corporate or government positions.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@JamesGrewer MS is continuing to put out stupid comments.  She needs to stop this company from talking publicly about anything related to the Xbox One right now unless it is something that is not controversial at all.

marvelx3
marvelx3

@Deathstroke_69 hahaha. Most Def Death. I would buy the xbox one with all those policies they changed earlier just to do Julie.

marvelx3
marvelx3

@DeViLzzz wtf? devils??? fuckoff stupid we are not in the middleages and xbox one is not from the devil.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

@WoZe Thank the flying spaghetti monster I wasn't the only one thinking the exact same thing.....


garcia_jx
garcia_jx

@brxricano Anyone in that position of power got to where they are by being ruthless and cut-throat.  Oh, and it also takes brains.  These nerds don't have a clue.

CrushedGear
CrushedGear

@SiLenTWarrior29 STFU you sexist idiot!! Anyone has the right to play video games if they like to!! People like you arent fit to be called gamers!! A gamer can be anyone, not necessarily males!!

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

@musalala You don't have to be a gamer to run a company.  You have to know how to run a company to run a company as silly as that sounds.

dskribe
dskribe

@musalala 

What do you know about Julie Larson-Green? Oh yeah, nothing! You have no idea whether or not she's a gamer, and truth be told a person in her position doesn't need to be one. You have absolutely no idea how a corporation works, and it shows.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

@abdir smh... you know where you went wrong..? You forget to turn off the cap locks.

OldKye
OldKye

@abdir You did a wonderful job of not sounding sexist there by the way.

also your caps lock is on.

Syphen_bast
Syphen_bast

@Deathstroke_69 STOP you´ll have a stroke!

She WAS a milf now shes a

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Cougar
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Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Meh she is not so attractive and neither sexy...You sound desperate for sex are you a virgin ??

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@marvelx3 It basically is from the devil. A company that lets a government squash people's constitutional rights without a fight is pretty evil.  Get a clue.

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

@CrushedGear @SiLenTWarrior29 Having an account with Gamespot for many years has shown me that............there aren't anybody who is really sexist in here, just people that loves to troll. Don't fall for it, ok?

dskribe
dskribe

@Vidpci 

Your comments are yet another reason NOT to support whatever console it is you're getting. Good Lord, have some tact or get a clue.