Microsoft considering major restructuring - Report

Sources say technology giant to reorganize with focus on devices and services; Xbox boss Don Mattrick could see duties expanded.

Microsoft is currently considering a major restructuring effort that will see the technology giant double down on devices and services, sources have told The Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD.

The sources said details pertaining to the rumored organizational shift are still being discussed and "could change substantially." However, noted Windows blogger Paul Thurrott also believes this rumor to be true.

As part of the new organizational structure, several current executives could reportedly move into "more prominent" roles, including current Xbox boss Don Mattrick.

It was not mentioned how Mattrick's duties would be expanded or how the potential changes could affect his day-to-date duties of running Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business.

The rumored organizational shift, in addition to solidifying Microsoft as a devices and services business, aims to simplify the company's management. AllThingsD described Microsoft's set-up as "convoluted."

How Microsoft's marquee product, Windows, fits into the possible reorganization is unclear.

Microsoft recently announced its next-generation console, the Xbox One. The company believes that the system's entertainment capabilities will help it--along with other future generation consoles--reach record industry sales.

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Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

Let the Xbox guys take over the consumer version of Windows 8. As far as all things entertainment goes.

J-007
J-007

1 big screw up indeed, I guess the best thing to do is start from scratch...down boy..

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

this is old news. get it together, gamespot.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Did anyone else yawn while reading this? I just couldn't stop myself from doing so. 

zpluffy
zpluffy

Windows 8 is so bad that I sometimes put my oily finger on my Not touch screen Monitor, because navigating with your mouse sucks. What were they thinking? Did they think that my monitor will turn into touch screen so I can watch my blu ray or play games with fingerprints all over my monitor. PC is not a tablet. Anyways this is kind off topic but shit.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

This isn't even news. They talked about this some time in April.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

don matrick getting a promotion? yikes

driver45
driver45

MS you need to really get your priorities straight.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

whenever I think of MS I always want to start chanting USA! USA! USA! MS is the embodiment of the american way. If we're wrong (like MS was with X1, W8, W Phone etc. etc.) we keep doing the wrong thing until it becomes the right thing. It would be very funny if it wasn't so true lol

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Microsoft is going to be their own undoing when in comes to the gaming industry.

PsychicKiller82
PsychicKiller82

Microsoft should expand their business it will help their profits.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

i really hope they do a good job and actually listen to gamers on their games division.....not just the profit 

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

Reconstruction? I hope that means they had a epiphany.

dre256x
dre256x

Lets see, going by the title "Microsoft considering major restructuring". Keyword "Considering", so i take it that depending on the success (launch) of the Xbox One we could see a shake up of Company Structure Wise..


I think Microsoft has lost focus as they are dipping there hands in every form of entrainment..  The Xbox (BRAND) has gotten too big to be just about games, they are gambling that no what, gamers won't go from you got compelling games to offer..

barronator
barronator

just freaking great this basicly means they're going to try and emulate apple instead of consentraiting on what people actually buy microsoft products for.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Expanded Duties? Hmm, hope that doesn't include "Screwing the customers". :-\

skatesabit
skatesabit

They should fire everyone who thought Windows 8 was a good idea.

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

Wow, more layoffs coming... Another exciting news storyin this crazy economy.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

start by firing all the Monkeys responsible for making that POS failboxone..

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

Will this re-org result in the Xbox One being able to play actual games?

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

It seems like Microsoft is trying to create excitement in a way that Sony did with their shareholders. Since they are planning on having a studio that creates episodic content for broadcast, it seems like a good move.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

The best thing in the comments is still that everyone is completely illiterate. They're still coming on here spouting the same ignorant bullshit about drm/no used games/always on when Microsoft has already specifically and officially addressed those concerns as being false and confirmed that there are no used game fees or activation fees and that the console does not require a constant internet connection.

jmc88888
jmc88888

@jsmoke03  

That's the way the world works (or in reality...crumbles).

Everyone fails upwards.  

vforvitiello
vforvitiello

@SavoyPrime yeah, everyone hates windows 8 and they want to force it down our throats via xbox.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@sonyfreak456 Nah, more like Darth Vader came from the planet Vulcan and threatened to melt their brains if they didn't...

blackace
blackace

@Cochleadoc We already know it plays games. Only bias blind  idiots believe that it doesn't. 15 Exclusives and 7 games shown at the reveal says it all. Put your foot back in your mouth if you don't have anything intelligent to say. 

cirugo
cirugo

@Grenadeh  

yeah not so much.  They've tried to spin their answers in such a way as to appear they have addressed them...they've done no such thing.  

unless you were aiming for sarcasm here...

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@Grenadeh How can something that came directly from the mouths of MICROSCAM be labeled as rumors? See it is dumb asses like yourself that Microscam preys on and hopes buys their POS system. I am sure they will enjoy milking you dry. Good luck with that..

hobotech64
hobotech64

@Grenadeh No they haven't.  Microsoft keeps dancing around every single question the public asks.  How can anybody even trust what they say if they won't tell it to you straight?

People were expecting them to quash rumors since way before the reveal, and they didn't deliver.

malokevi
malokevi

@Grenadeh People will begin to fully understand once MS makes its official statements at E3.

Like you, I know that most of the issues people are concerned with are basically non-issues. MS has already addressed most of them, and plans to fully address all concerns at E3.

There are some people who simply missed a few stories. They are so spread out and fly under the radar for people who arent adamently following Xbox news.

And then, yes, your right, there are those that we all know are well aware of what MS has said, and choose not to believe andor to ignore MS in favour of lambasting the Xbox One. These are the people who made up their minds long ago, and the people I don't consider gamers. 

Because, lets face it, wh haven't even seen the games yet, and that's really what this whole thing is supposed to be about... right? Noone who is truely a gamer would hate on an unreleased game-console without seriously due cause.

Given that rumors, speculation, and industry chatter are never due cause, we can safely say these people are more troll then gamer. And should be thusly ignored.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

@Grenadeh Microsoft made a bunch of statements, people freaked out, and then all they said was not all the rumors are true, and we'll clear things up later (i.e. after we figure out how much we can spin and still get away with).

Microsoft has not provided official specific details on most of the things people are concerned about. Our concerns have most certainly not been addressed.

There are no used game fees, because there are no used games. They already stated you must pay full price for a "new" license, and that all licenses are new. I haven't seen them retract that yet. They also said you can only trade in licenses to them or people they authorize. I.e. you cannot sell or trade games with friends.

They also stated that the console effectively only works with an internet connection.  It is meant to be online, and must be online at least once every 24 hours.  In effect, it is "always online".  It will not work if you don't have an internet connection (i.e. for soldiers over seas).

I have yet to see anything SPECIFIC from them that addresses my concerns in the slightest.  Have I missed an official statement on how everything is actually going to work?

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@Grenadeh Constant always on is not true. Always one as a check within a unnamed time frame is true. Single player games using online features that require them to be always on is true. 

No used game fees has been denied. Limiting used games to specific retailers and adding the fee on that side (which will trickle down) is not confirmed. Blocking used games not sold from their known re-sellers is not confirmed.


AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

@Grenadeh Ignorant, oh the irony .

The first thing you do in your post is insult everyone??.

looks like your gonna require a rope ladder for you to dismount that high horse


Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

@blackace@Cochleadoc "15 Exclusives and 7 games shown at the reveal says it all."

Bwahahahahah...*cough* *cough* bwahahaha...yeah right.  A machine built for gaming.  Sorry you have stock in MS.  Between this upcoming failure and Windows 8 you must be hurting. 

Titanman2013
Titanman2013

@cirugo @Grenadeh The funny thing was most of the information coming from the internet were things that were made up to begin with.  Why should Microsoft have to answer to rumors when they never stated these things to begin with?  There could have been a rumor that the Xbox One causes herpes and I'll bet that someone would have believed it.  They showed the Box, they announced features that they believe are cool and that people would want along with playing games.  Do you really think that they want this to fail?

sammoth
sammoth

@hobotech64 @Grenadeh Dancing ? Really they said they will reveal more at a future date. "cough" E3" or is listening not a strong point of yours ? Some of their statements may be unclear but, they don't have to be clear about anything ATM. When E3 arrives I am sure all these questions will be answered.

northArrow
northArrow

@malokevi Once again, you're entirely wrong. Microsoft has not addressed gamer concerns beyond announcing them in the first place and then in the face of the uproar fell back on cop outs like: "we're rounding up answers" "Its all rumors" "wait for E3"

The fact of the matter is; at this point its not about games anymore, their bravado regarding their games line up is a bait and switch to keep people's attention off of how bad the console is turning out to be. Our attention must remain on the console and the features that they continue to be uninterested in addressing. All the best games are going to be multiplatform anyway.

Given the rumors, speculation and industry chatter, you'd think Microsoft would actually be putting some effort into putting things to rest, so that we could focus on games. Instead they choose to remain coy and elusive.

I don't think asking Microsoft for a little bit of honesty is too much to ask.

RecurringEspion
RecurringEspion

@mike300zxt @Grenadeh"There are no used game fees, because there are no used games. They already stated you must pay full price for a "new" license, and that all licenses are new. I haven't seen them retract that yet. They also said you can only trade in licenses to them or people they authorize. I.e. you cannot sell or trade games with friends."

i'm sorry but this whole statement feels like it could get them a kick in the balls. if they don't trust us with the games then why the hell should be buy the console? if you buy a game it's yours so it shouldn't F$*@)ing matter what happens to the game.

Guy_Brohski
Guy_Brohski

@COPMAN221ISBACK Actually Sony fanboys are the most nonsensical.  Remember at E3 2005 how they all bought that Killzone 2 and Motorstorm pre-rendered crap? And some PS3 fanboys still swear up and down that the PS3 is a supercomputer and the CELL processor is better than anything PC gamers have at their disposal. I've yet to hear of worse fanboyism than from the Sony fan-camp.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@Cochleadoc @blackace don't waste you time with these retarded xbots. It's like trying to teach common sense to a rock. MICROSCAM is bending them over and giving it to them dry and they love it and are begging for more.. SMH..

hobotech64
hobotech64

@sammoth I don't expect all these questions will be answered during E3, they had the chance already during the reveal.  More likely they will stay hush-hush on the used games issue, since they know the public hates it.  Only way to really know for sure is during release time.

Simply put: I, as well as many other gamers, have lost trust in Microsoft.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Then you will be all set. For the rest of us gamers the PS4 will most likely be perfect. To each his own.

RecurringEspion
RecurringEspion

@malokevi if that is the case then you are going to be screwed over. same as the people before you. like the ones who thought the 3DO or CD-I was going to be great.

malokevi
malokevi

@northArrow@malokeviat "this point its not about games anymore"

Well, then you should really speak for yourself. Because for me, thats all its about.

You can spend your days dwelling on the things you dont like. I will look forward to the good things.

Besides, Id be willing to bet that most of the stuff you hate, I either love or dont care about. (using the internet, used games, awesome UI, Kinect, dashboard features, game installs. ) 

Not one thing that doesnt sound good to me. Im always online, I buy my games, I dont care about physical copies, and Kinect looks awesome.

So, again, feel free to dwell on everything you hate, but dont pretend to speak for everyone. 

malokevi
malokevi

@emerin76 @malokevi My keyboard is crazy, it always types special charecters in the browser, so I struggle.

Also jeezum crow im doin my best tryin to get through grade 4!