With its latest dashboard update, Microsoft introduced the Xbox 360 into its fold of devices sporting the unified tile-based Metro user interface design language. Now the designer responsible for that integration will oversee the creation of the company's next console.
According to a CNET report, longtime Microsoft general manager of design Don Coyner has been replaced by Emma Williams in leading the design and experience group for the Xbox. Coyner was involved with the original Xbox as director of marketing and is credited as a huge proponent of creating a unified design language for the Xbox 360 leading up to the console's launch.
Williams, as general manager of Xbox Experiences, comes from the team behind the recently relaunched Xbox dashboard experience that introduced the Windows Phone 7-style user interface to Microsoft's console. In her new role, Williams reportedly will work on design and brand strategy for Microsoft's as-yet-unannounced successor to the Xbox 360.
As for when that system will hit shelves, CNET's source indicated the system has a scheduled 2013 bow. Recent rumors have placed the console launch at as early as 2012 and as late as 2014. CNET's source from the Xbox team confirmed the reports designating the system for a planned 2013 debut.