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  (Source: Techcetera)
Shakeup will consolidate previously separate units, reportedly

A report by Bloomberg cites sources at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) as saying that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer's leadership change will start be consolidating all of Microsoft's hardware products -- including Surface and Xbox -- under a single new unit, which would be headed by Windows chief Julie Larson-Green.

The Xbox unit (formally the interactive entertainment division) had been left leaderless after Don Mattrick, its former chief, jumped ship to become CEO of Zynga Inc. (ZNGA).  Some reports suggested Mr. Mattrick was fired for making comments about digital rights management (DRM) and the Xbox One.  In an interview Mr. Mattrick had told gamers who didn't have 100 percent reliable internet to not buy an Xbox One, a suggestion many disgruntled gamers took to heart.  Microsoft eventually backed down from that policy.

Microsoft's CIO Tony Scott also recently bailed, prior to the upcoming shakeup.

It is unclear whether Mr. Ballmer would then appoint a new Windows President, or if Ms. Larson-Green would fill both slots.  One source says that Terry Myerson -- the current Windows Phone chief -- will likely be put in charge of all operating system development, including desktop Windows.  That move would likely mean a continuation of Microsoft's "Metro" (aka Modern UI) assault on the desktop/laptop market, much to the chagrin of critics of that design direction.

Terry Myerson
Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson will report lead all OS development at Microsoft.
[Image Source: Reuters]

Marketing for various units (Windows, server, hardware, etc.) would also be consolidated into a single unit, which would be headed by Tami Reller, who currently is marketing chief for just the Windows unit.  Another shift from a financial perspective would be that the chief financial officers (CFOs) of the new units would report directly to company CFO -- Amy Hood -- versus the current situation the CFOs the present units report to their unit chief.

Julie Larson-Green
Julie Larson-Green will reportedly manage all Microsoft HW development. [Image Source: AP]

A final new unit would be tasked with managing acquired/merged-in businesses and with wooing developers.  That unit will be headed by Skype president Tony Bates.

Sources say the exact roles are still being finalized and may be shuffled before an official announcement comes.  Overall the changes are designed to reposition Microsoft as a "devices and services" firm, Microsoft's long term vision.  The shift towards first party hardware and cloud services would make Microsoft look a lot more like Apple, Inc. (AAPL), a radical shift for a company that started off with a narrow focus on software.

Source: Bloomberg



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W8 tablet UI is terrible
By Nephelai on 7/3/2013 9:20:40 PM , Rating: 3
Bought a Surface Pro two weeks ago and am ready to ebay it.

While in desktop mode its just like a W7 PC in tablet mode its just horrible. It's form factor isn't the best as it doesn't work in portrait well. It's too slippery without some sort of case and the only ones available are freaking huge and ugly. Having to sign into a Microsoft account to get apps to work is stupid, the store I understand but apps? The app store is absolutely pathetic. The tiles spanning across one long panel is un-tidy in my view why cant it be pages? Browsing is awkward. No status panel for battery, WiFi etc? Things are there if you dig but I'm finding I'm having to do more (swiping) to do same with other tablets.

Its like whoever designed the tablet version of W8 only used it sitting at a desk and didn't realise the whole idea of a tablet and tablet OS is portability / comfort and being able to use it on the run, lounge or while in bed etc.

I absolutely hate the restrictiveness of Apple but I have to say out of my Droid, IOS and W8 tablets IOS does it far better (or more convenient).




RE: W8 tablet UI is terrible
By inighthawki on 7/3/2013 11:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
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It's too slippery without some sort of case and the only ones available are freaking huge and ugly.

Not sure if your hands are covered in lubricant or something, but I've never had an issue holding my surface...

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Having to sign into a Microsoft account to get apps to work is stupid, the store I understand but apps?

This is because the data is synced to your account over the cloud. Maybe it was foolish to not let them work locally, but if you use an account then things like your calendar events are synced to whichever pc you are on.

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The app store is absolutely pathetic.

Just curious i you mean the feature set of the store app itself, or the number of apps? Being fairly new I don't think it's very wise to assume there will be as many apps as something like iOS.

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Browsing is awkward.

Explain?

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No status panel for battery, WiFi etc?

Do you want a constant status bar to waste space on the screen or something? Otherwise you see it when you access the charms bar.

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Things are there if you dig but I'm finding I'm having to do more (swiping) to do same with other tablets.

Like what? I have yet to find any tasks that are significantly easier to access on other devices.


RE: W8 tablet UI is terrible
By Xplorer4x4 on 7/5/2013 12:53:57 AM , Rating: 2
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Do you want a constant status bar to waste space on the screen or something? Otherwise you see it when you access the charms bar.

On a tablet I do not see this being a huge issue. We are talking a tiny amount of space over all. On a phone I can understand. On my RAZR HD, I like pie and turn the status bar on autohide. While it is a nice size screen, it is still a phone so I find that when you disable both, it is quite nice. However, on a tablet, we have enough real estate to combine these in to a single bar on the screen.


RE: W8 tablet UI is terrible
By inighthawki on 7/5/2013 7:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
See I disagree. I find the opposite true. Regardless of how little space it takes for a status bar, it is a waste of space for something so easily accessed with alternative methods.


RE: W8 tablet UI is terrible
By Belard on 7/9/2013 1:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
Window 8 TIFKAM is a waste of space... it UI is horrible, its like a sharper version of 1980's tech... the whole thing is like 640x200 x 4 color type technology, like Windows 1.0.


RE: W8 tablet UI is terrible
By InsGadget on 7/5/2013 9:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
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Having to sign into a Microsoft account to get apps to work is stupid, the store I understand but apps?

All app stores are this way. The benefit is that you can install these apps again quickly if you get a new machine.

Older-style Windows applications still work fine without an account.


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