Microsoft shakes up executives in Devices, Applications Groups

Microsoft just had the biggest executive shake-up a company can have by replacing former CEO Steve Ballmer with Satya Nadella, but it looks like the Windows giant still has some tweaking to do when it comes to top execs. 

According to GeekWire, Julie Larson-Green, head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios Group who recently led Microsoft hardware development, will become chief experience officer for the company’s Applications and Services Group.

This means that Larson-Green will work with products like Bing, Office and Skype, and will report to Qi Lu -- executive vice president who leads the Applications and Services Group.

The Devices & Studios Group will be taken over by Stephen Elop, who is the former CEO of Nokia. Elop will take on this role as soon as Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia is complete (which should happen this quarter).

The acquisition, valued at $7.2 billion, gave Microsoft Nokia’s devices and services business. It was announced in September 2013. 

Julie Larson-Green
Microsoft has seen a lot of changes with executives lately. For starters, Ballmer announced that he would be retiring as Microsoft's CEO within a year last August. He was replaced by Nadella at the start of this month. 

In addition to Nadella's new appointment, it was confirmed that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates would be spending more time at the company once again as Founder and Technology Advisor. He stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors at that time. 

"I'm thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing my time at the company," said Gates. "I'll have over a third of my time available to meet with product groups and it'll be fun to define this next round of products working together."

The company also continues with a restructuring process that was announced last year. The main goal behind the restructuring is unifying Xbox, Windows Phone and PC units, which shows that devices and services are the center focus. 

You can check out Larson-Green's email to Microsoft regarding her new position here

Source: GeekWire

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