Microsoft restructuring to be unveiled Thursday - Report

Multiple sources say Steve Ballmer will officially announce significant restructuring plan July 11; Julie Larson-Green reportedly in line to lead Xbox business.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will formally announce the rumored company restructuring plan on Thursday, multiple sources have told The Wall Street Journal's All Things D.

Various issues are "still up in the air," the site notes, cautioning that specific timing for the announcement is not necessarily set in stone.

As was previously reported, the rumored organizational shift, in addition to solidifying Microsoft as a devices and services business, aims to simplify the company's management.

The move, according to the sources, aims to create "functional coherence" at Microsoft, though this is reportedly an internal term and will not be shared publicly.

As part of the company-wide shift, various executives will reportedly shuffle to new positions. This includes 19-year company veteran Julie Larson-Green, who is supposedly in line to take over management of all devices at Microsoft, including the Xbox division.

Larson-Green currently heads up Microsoft's Windows team as corporate vice president.

Don Mattrick recently vacated his position as president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business, joining Farmville studio Zynga last week to become the social game company's CEO.

Larson-Green's appointment to replace Mattrick matches up with a Bloomberg report from last week, which suggested she would take over the open position.

One concerned insider told All Things D, "If this is all about an org chart and not how to build great products, it does not matter what org chart Ballmer presents. Consumers buy products, not a management structure."

The Xbox One launches in November for $500.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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459 comments
jecomans
jecomans

So she was a vice president of Windows division? Does that she was partly responsible for green lighting the launch of Windows 8? Because that was a p.o.s operating system seemingly designed to woo the tablet crowd at the great expense of the many more millions that use Windows on laptops and desk tops. 

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

"Steve Ballmer will formally ..."

resign? resign right? RIGHT?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox One OS all share the same kernel.

Microsoft has been creating their own PC hardware in the form of the Surface and they have a tight partnership with Nokia for smartphones.

The restructuring probably has a lot to do with the aligning of Windows on multiple  platforms and the future of the products and how they are integrated.

OldKye
OldKye

So seems they are replacing Don with a 19 year old girl maybe they are hoping we don't notice the difference lol.

Sorry Microsoft she doesn't look like she can pretend to be that slow-witted.

d1sc0k1ngz
d1sc0k1ngz

It IS creepy. Microsoft have destroyed the Xbox brand, they have effectively lost the console war before it has even started. Compulsory monitoring and reporting of all human behaviour in your living room. Tut, tut. No thank you. Goodbye Microsoft.

daemonproject
daemonproject

Seems a lot of people just read the title and assume the rest!

epichotcheese
epichotcheese

Too late, damage is already done. The only reason for people to buy the Xbox One is they can't get their hands on the PS4 and they are extremely stupid. Xbox one is basically a NSA spying device and it's design to spam advertisement to your face.

l_skipper
l_skipper

Aside from this news,  M$ will learn the thing or two the hard way this time around. Oh well, they know what they're doing. Or do they ? ;)

onixevil
onixevil

All things D all the way .

Madjik2k2
Madjik2k2

And I Quote:

"If this is all about an org chart and not how to build great products, it does not matter what org chart Ballmer presents. Consumers buy products, not a management structure."

Truer words have never been spoken.  I don't care who's in charge, only that the product I'm showing interest in is worth my time and money.  If it's worth neither, you get neither.  The math's simple.

snova9308
snova9308

great news, maybe microsoft will finally stop sucking.

Vodoo
Vodoo

If that lady is in charge of the Windows team, and they came up with the notorious Windows 8 debacle, then it's a shoe-in that she's gonna fuck up the Xbox division as well. Just because she's been there the longest amount of time doesn't necessarily make her the best person for the job.

We, the consumers, just got Microsoft back on track with the X1. Don't make us have to go through that sort of situation again with this woman. And not being sexist at all, but I would feel better with a guy leading the gaming division instead. Males can relate with gaming even if they're not a gamer themselves. If a woman is not already a gamer, they can't relate to it at all. It's like a foreign language to them.

daemonproject
daemonproject

July 11 tomorrow for me but 2 days wait great haha America need to catch up! haha

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

there going to say xbox one with out kinect will cost you $329.99

TheManofTin
TheManofTin

I would really commend Microsoft if they just publicly acknowledged that they've messed up. Updates to Windows 8 can make it a better OS, and they still have time to really fix the Xbox One. 

Foolsgold89
Foolsgold89

Its not the people that need changed its the culture and direction - and that comes from the top. Different people driving the MS bus in the same direction will not save the XB1 getting mauled by the PS4 next gen. They need to reconnect with gamers and quickly.

daemonproject
daemonproject

I'm hearing the XBONE is getting a RAM increase from 8GB to 12GB and a true fact the XBOX team have increased the GPU clock speed! This have anything to do with this article "restructuring" ? ;)

Also hearing M$ have been basing all their previous reveals etc..on what Sony are doing so what we know of the XBONE now is not what it will be and that Sony have something to actually worry about!

That kinda makes sense with M$ seeming so unsure and what the actual go is with XBONE! Cause M$ in the past have never been so bad at reveals and giving details we can understand! All of a sudden they're coming of as idiots! haha

peeessfore
peeessfore

all this bitching about kinect listening and spying...."UNPLUG THE FUCKIN THING"

inkyspot
inkyspot

@d1sc0k1ngz I think its too soon to speculate that MS destroyed the brand. I think both consoles have great potential and aside from the 24 checking thing I was happy with the Xbox One.

Sony still have not impressed me enough to exclusively look at them, maybe Naughty Dog can fix that. Its a wait and see for me.


Not to diss Wii U fans here, but I think if anyone lost the console wars it would be them (I am talking about the Next Gen war... maybe there is a Wii U 2 that would destroy Sony and MS).

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

@daemonproject assume make an ASS (out of)U & ME  lol

rolla020980
rolla020980

@epichotcheese 

NSA spying device? What? Get your tin foil hat off and remove the coat hangers from the ceiling.

I assume you posted your comment from a device that does not have a camera?

Kimppis
Kimppis

@epichotcheese  

 Not sure if serious... I'm getting PS4 too, but what the hell...

And btw, I think that restructing has nothing to do with the Xbox One reveal or release. 

snova9308
snova9308

or maybe it will suck more... now I think on it... who knows...

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Vodoo 

Actually, Windows 8 works very well from my experience. The complaints I hear are from people too lazy or incompetent to learn a new, intuitive interface, or they never used Windows 8 in the first place and are making comments based on hearsay.

ryanbarker8
ryanbarker8

@Vodoo VPs are only figure heads. They don't really contribute anything directly.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@daemonproject What are you babbling about? Your statement makes no sense at all.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@t3ero2zero $170 for Kinect alone? M$ would be stabbing themselves in the foot...NO one will buy that and it would be a great loss for them...so nope.

Foolsgold89
Foolsgold89

@daemonproject nothing but a rumour from one unreliable source - while it would be nice its highly unlikely. More likely just another smokescreen dropped byt MS to give people a reason to preorder a XB1 as there are not many at the moment.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@inkyspot @d1sc0k1ngz The Wii U should probably wave the white flag and stand on the sidelines because they might get hurt getting in the middle of this, they are a fly playing between two large wasps.

ryanbarker8
ryanbarker8

@snova9308 If you have ever worked at a corporation, org changes happen all the time. It is like changing your oil... You kinda need to every now and then but most of the time it does nothing.

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

@Navardo95 @t3ero2zero  you sell more copys of cod or battlefield thats how sony and m$ get money not on the hard wear but $500 that inclued kinect .i dont hate kinect but i would be happyer to play less and not have it but the first xbox was £300 the 360 was £330 past price points but...

daemonproject
daemonproject

@Foolsgold89 @daemonproject Haha where are you hearing your info from what I've read xbone is selling very fast!

Like I understand the whole difference but M$ have a limited day one edition first off which from sources have sold out quite fast!

And I guess we'll have to wait and see if this rumor of the RAM is true!

rolla020980
rolla020980

@northArrow @peeessfore Yeah, but you can turn it off (or cover it).

The government is not spying on you through your Kinect any more than they are using the iOS and Android devices (remember the tin foil hat people whining about that)?

JynxGSpot
JynxGSpot

@daemonproject Several other Xbox One rumours have been proved to be true. There are no rumours that didn't become fact so I think it may be likely since they still have a lot of hardware testing going on.

daemonproject
daemonproject

Also the 360 originally went from 256mb to 512mb RAM before the initial release date so it is very much possible whether they do is yet to be revealed! So far M$ are doing a pretty good job at being the biggest news makers haha

daemonproject
daemonproject

@Foolsgold89 @daemonproject Yeah I understand that pretty stupid move of M$ with the kinect but for me I'm not taking much on till I know these rumors pull true!

Another reason I will be sticking with the xboxone is I have xbox live paid up till October 2014 which I only pay $50AUD for 13 months

Foolsgold89
Foolsgold89

@daemonproject my local GAME has sold around 5 PS4 preorders to 1 XB1 according to the lads working there. If you look around the forums this appears to be a common theme. It may not mean much in the longer term but the price will be the key factor and aslong as MS keep the Kinect manditory it will struggle to match the PS4 price.