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July 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Report: Windows boss Larson-Green to lead Xbox, Microsoft hardware

The plot thickens in Redmond.

Julie Larson-Green 2013

Bloomberg is reporting that Julie Larson-Green – (pictured) the relatively new head of Microsoft’s Windows group – may take over hardware products across the company including the Xbox.

The shift would be part of a major reorganization that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is expected to announce soon, updating Microsoft’s leadership roles to reflect the company’s new emphasis on providing devices and services.

Larson-Green, a Whatcom County native and Western Washington graduate, assumed leadership of the Windows software and hardware groups last November after Steven Sinofsky’s departure.

The report comes a day after the current Xbox chief, Don Mattrick, resigned to become chief executive of Zynga. Mattrick had earlier been considered for the hardware post, according to a Bloomberg report last month.

Skype boss Tony Bates would also move to a new business development and evangelism position, heading acquisitions and relationships with software developers, today’s report said.

Server chief Satya Nadella would lead an enterprise and cloud computing unit while Windows Phone’s Terry Myerson would take on Windows system engineering under the plan reported by Bloomberg.

Online Services President Qi Lu would lead engineering of applications as well as services, including Office and Skype engineering.

Comments | Topics: julie larson-green, Microsoft, qi lu


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