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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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RE: the hate here
By mackx on 7/4/2013 2:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
the point is in the end we decide how much use these features are to us based on our own usage of our PCs

i hardly ever reboot so the boot up time is not a feature to me.
i despise the start screen
i dont use metro apps and removed the folder
i find it worse in multi screen use
i find that i cant right click on a folder anymore and hit 'r' to bring up properties. i can't click file and hit n to create a new folder anymore.

changes that don't benefit me in anyway. takes more clicks to do what i wanted to do in the 1st place. there's more but i can't remember them

the only benefit in win8 for me is the performance tab in task manager (cancelled out that to end a process tree takes more clicks now) and the fact i can pause a copy/move.

microsofts AV is less integrated oddly since i can't right click on a folder and scan - no context menu addin. it doesn't auto update like the old one. i have to run windows update manually to install it.

etc etc etc.

you may like it, a lot of us don't.


RE: the hate here
By bigboxes on 7/4/2013 8:13:51 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I reboot about once a month. Other than that, my pc stays on all the time, as does my file server. There's absolutely no reason to put Win8 on any of my PCs. It's just like WinME. As soon as I tried it out I was like "Oh crap! Can I get this thing off and get things back to the way they were??" Microsoft just seems doomed to repeat its mistakes.


RE: the hate here
By althaz on 7/4/2013 7:57:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
i find it worse in multi screen use

This actually doesn't make sense, everything to do with multi-screen displays is worse, unless you don't like the new default options (which are configurable).

quote:
i find that i cant right click on a folder anymore and hit 'r' to bring up properties.

This still works...you obviously haven't tried it.

quote:
i can't click file and hit n to create a new folder anymore.

This doesn't work in Windows 7 either...I know because I'm on Win7 right now and I just tried it.


RE: the hate here
By althaz on 7/4/2013 8:21:39 PM , Rating: 2
lol, I wrote "worse", but I obviously meant "better". Damn you DailyTech, still no edit function?


RE: the hate here
By althaz on 7/4/2013 7:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
i find it worse in multi screen use

This actually doesn't make sense, everything to do with multi-screen displays is worse, unless you don't like the new default options (which are configurable).

quote:
i find that i cant right click on a folder anymore and hit 'r' to bring up properties.

This still works...you obviously haven't tried it.

quote:
i can't click file and hit n to create a new folder anymore.

This doesn't work in Windows 7 either...I know because I'm on Win7 right now and I just tried it.


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