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However, hardware and software units will be kept separate

Microsoft announced a restructuring plan back in July that would shift the inner workings of the tech company, and now, we're getting a glimpse of the changes that will take place as this plan is carried out thanks to AllThingsD

The new restructuring plan is called "One Microsoft," and the main idea is to bring the Windows Phone, PC and Xbox units closer together for a more seamless experience across multiple devices. This unified approach would make using multiple Microsoft devices easier for users who want a similar experience with details unique to each machine. 

To execute this sort of unification, Microsoft is adjusting executive roles. For starters, Windows and Windows Phone head Terry Myerson will have at least seven direct reports under the new plan. They include leaders for development, test and program-management positions; those heading Microsoft's phone, tablet, PC, Xbox and service departments, and a person in charge of future special projects (such as smart watches).

Other leadership changes include putting Henry Sanders (who had worked with Myerson on Windows Phone) in head of development; having Joe Belfiore (also from the Windows Phone team) lead a group focused on phones, tablets and PCs; putting Marc Whitten in charge of the Xbox team, and allowing Chris Jones to continue heading services.

Some big executives were left out of the list, such as Windows testing head Grant George, Jon DeVaan and Windows services head Antoine Leblond. It's not clear if they will move to other positions in the company or leave quite yet, but their absence from the list of those being repositioned within raises a few red flags. 

While Microsoft is looking to bring device departments together, the company will keep hardware and software units separate. This is a move contradictory to that of Apple, which only recently started pushing software and hardware units together in the development of devices like iPhones and iPads for a more integrated experience. 

Microsoft is in a serious transition period, and many believe that it's much needed. Microsoft has had a difficult time stirring up enthusiasm for Windows Phone against competitors like Apple and Samsung, and the Windows maker was late to the tablet game -- releasing its Surface tablet in October 2012 after the iPad had already been out for over two years.
To make matters worse, Microsoft's Surface was initially released with the Windows RT operating system (the full Windows 8 Pro-powered Surface wasn't released until February 2013) and it was a major flop. Many say RT isn't a full Windows 8 experience, lacking the ability to run legacy apps.

While the decision to restructure Microsoft was helped by current CEO Steve Ballmer, it was announced last month that he would be retiring sometime in the next year. While he has said that he planned to retire himself, he's also made other statements that show he wasn't ready to leave so soon -- and that Microsoft's board may be pushing him out as part of the transition period. 

Source: All Things D

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RE: Why?
By cfaalm on 9/9/2013 2:00:05 PM , Rating: 2
It remains to be seen to which degree the "same experience" will go. I think they need to strike a balance somewhere. Apple also unifies iOS and OSX to a certain degree, mixing and matching best of both worlds. And there lies the key obviously. MS has unified a bit too much for most or maybe they even left things out that needed unifying more.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 9/9/2013 2:22:10 PM , Rating: 3
"Apple also unifies iOS and OSX to a certain degree, mixing and matching best of both worlds."

A big difference being OSX's UI isnt broken and irritating as hell for non-touch screen devices. It's the same as it always was. MS cannot say the same thing. I hate the tile based UI so much on the PC, it makes me not want to use WP8 (where it actually makes sense and works nicely).

RE: Why?
By StevoLincolnite on 9/9/2013 8:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Windows Phone 8 phone, it's a stupidly awesome OS for that form factor, it's also arguably a bit different than the regular Windows 8 too.

Got an Intel Atom Tablet with Windows 8 on it and it's great.

Windows 8 on my Triple Monitor Desktop, was a downright nightmare, I built the Desktop as a work horse, Windows 8 lowers my productivity by introducing Ribbon to Windows explorer and removed some shortcuts and features.

If you use Metro apps at 7680x1440, you will quickly be blinded due to all the white empty space which could have been used for something meaningful.

RE: Why?
By Dug on 9/10/2013 3:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
You nailed it. Useless space that you can't customize to your work.
I wouldn't mind having some tiles for certain apps, but not the whole thing that I can't arrange the way it would make sense for productivity.

RE: Why?
By FaaR on 9/9/2013 6:18:59 PM , Rating: 2
Apple makes their iOS and OSX unification optional. You don't have to use their launch centers and whatever the eff it's called if you don't want to. (I don't, on my macbook. I stick with the regular dock, it's good enough for my needs.)

MS ripped out the start menu, which perhaps wasn't a masterstroke of genius, but at least functional and useful, and replaced it with a giant heap of utter bullcrap which has no structure and no overview. The start screen is the worst UI I have ever had the misfortune of using. It's just terrible from every concievable angle, and there's literally NO WAY to avoid having to use it in win8.

It sucks. It stinks. It's awful. It needs to die.

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