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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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Only a alf surprise.
By fteoath64 on 2/25/14, Rating: 0
RE: Only a alf surprise.
By bug77 on 2/25/2014 11:16:45 AM , Rating: 2
I never liked gnome (2 or 3), but I think maybe they should fork KDE instead. Or use it as it is :-D

RE: Only a alf surprise.
By timothyd97402 on 2/25/2014 4:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
As I recall, Julie had a lot to do with the Metro UI back in the days of Zune and then in the development of Windows 8. So they've demoted her a bit from being head of the division but she's still in charge of UI...I guess Metro really is here to stay :(

RE: Only a alf surprise.
By MrBlastman on 2/25/2014 4:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
Julie sucks. Ribbons were the worst thing to ever happen to Office.

RE: Only a alf surprise.
By althaz on 2/25/2014 9:06:07 PM , Rating: 1
You seem to have misspelled "best" there.

RE: Only a alf surprise.
By MrBlastman on 2/26/2014 4:19:19 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, no, I did not. Ribbons suck.

RE: Only a alf surprise.
By MadMan007 on 2/25/2014 9:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
*Change* is the worst thing to ever happen to *any MS product*.

Isn't that what you really mean?

RE: Only a alf surprise.
By MrBlastman on 2/26/2014 4:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is particularly true of a UI.

A doorknob is a UI... we still use them, right? Same with drawer handles, garage doors, wrenches, ratchets and so on. Aircraft still use a stick/throttle/pedals after 100 years. Don't mess with the UI.

By villageidiotintern on 2/25/2014 11:20:34 AM , Rating: 2
We'll get a gesture UI, or an eyeroll UI, or maybe even a spastic tic UI from <strike>Microsoft</strike> TilesRUs next.

By MrBlastman on 2/25/2014 12:01:26 PM , Rating: 2
They are always Windows 8. Some just hide it better than others. They're born that way. :(

By FITCamaro on 2/25/2014 12:57:01 PM , Rating: 1
Man if you have a wife or girlfriend, they must feel treasured.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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