The latest in a line of executives to leave Microsoft since the company began a huge reorganization last July is Blair Westlake, who most recently was vice president of the Media and Entertainment group at Microsoft.More
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Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of Microsoft’s main public relations agencies, has laid off 43 employees — about 5 percent of its worldwide workforce — a result in part to Microsoft’s recent companywide reorganization. Most of the employees affected work in Waggener Edstrom’s Seattle and Portland offices. Microsoft is one of Waggener Edstrom’s biggest clients. As part of a…More
Update 8:53 p.m.: Here’s my story, running in tomorrow’s print edition of The Seattle Times, on the financial analysts meeting.
In the story, I refer to a slide that CEO Steve Ballmer showed, comparing Microsoft’s profits and other financials with those of other tech companies, including Apple and Google. Here’s that slide:
[In case you missed it, here's a one-on-one interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that ran in the print edition of The Seattle Times on July 14, 2013.] On Thursday, CEO Steve Ballmer announced one of Microsoft’s most sweeping reorganization in years, designed to increase collaboration and speed of innovation as the company transitions into…More
[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 12, 2013.] When CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft’s most sweeping reorganization in years Thursday, he said it was to make the company faster-paced and more collaborative — all the better to advance his vision of turning the software giant into a devices-and-services…More
Update 12:56 p.m.:
In a conference call with reporters and analysts, Microsoft leaders offered more insight into the restructuring. Here are some highlights;
CEO Steve Ballmer said “we have no plans for layoffs” in the restructuring.
CFO Amy Hood said the new structure should not lead people to think that there will be less financial accountability. She said the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings report next week will follow the old financial reporting structure.
But then, moving foward, “as we go through the reorganization and realignment, we’ll investigate any needed changes over time,” Hood said.
In a sweeping reorganization designed to further Microsoft’s transformation into a devices-and-services company, CEO Steve Ballmer today realigned the company according to function, cutting in half the number of product divisions and centralizing other services such as marketing, finance and business development.
The company will now be organized around the functions of: engineering (including supply chain and datacenters), marketing, business development and evangelism, advanced strategy and research, finance, human resources, legal, and COO areas (including field, support, commercial operations and IT).
Within engineering, the four groups are: Operating Systems, Applications and Services, Cloud and Enterprise, Devices and Studios.
Could Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put Julie Larson-Green in charge of all hardware engineering for the company, including Xbox and Surface, and Skype President Tony Bates in charge of acquisitions and developer relations? That’s apparently what Ballmer is considering, according to a Bloomberg News report on the reorganization being considered at Microsoft. The restructuring has not…More
[This story is running in today's print edition of The Seattle Times.]
Don Mattrick, head of the Microsoft division that produces Xbox, is leaving to lead social-game company Zynga — a move that could signal the first big-name jumping of ship from Microsoft in an expected companywide reorganization.
Mattrick, 49, who has been president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business for three years, will become Zynga CEO and a member of its board starting Monday.
Mark Pincus, Zynga’s founding CEO, will remain chairman of the board and Zynga’s chief product officer.
There’s been speculation that Mattrick’s move could have been motivated by a reorganization that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly been working on and that could be announced as soon as Tuesday.More
Veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund, of investment bank Nomura, offered his thoughts in a note this morning on Microsoft’s reported restructuring, its big cloud push and its stock price. Microsoft this week announced at its TechEd conference some of the ways in which it’s emphasizing cloud-based services as opposed to or in addition to…More