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Microsoft Corp. is reportedly preparing the most significant corporate reorganization in its history, which is expected to be unveiled sometimes next week. No matter how secretive Microsoft wants to be with the information about its major restructure, some bits still leak to the web and draw an interesting picture of the new Microsoft.

The reorganization of the world’s largest software developer is not yet finalized, none of the details are final and many still remain unclear. There will be several major products group at Microsoft, which will concentrate on completely different things, and several non-products divisions. One of the main ideas of restructuring is to separate product engineering from business functions like marketing and finance, reports Bloomberg news-agency citing its sources.

There will be one division focused on developing operating systems, including Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Server and other platforms. The division is expected to be headed by Terry Myerson, who currently heads development of Windows Phone.

Another group will focus on hardware engineering, including Xbox video game consoles, Surface tablets, PC and console peripherals and so on. Julie Larson-Green is projected to oversee hardware engineering for the whole company.

Satya Nadella, current head of the server business unit, is expected to head a division responsible for cloud computing and products for corporate customers.

One more business unit will concentrate on everything online, including Bing, Skype, Office 365 and other services. The group is projected to be led by Qi Lu, chief of the online group.

There will also be separate marketing division (headed by Tami Reller), financial group (led by Amy Hood) as well as a business unit in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers (to be overseen by Tony Bates).

Other details about the reorg are expected to be revealed later on. The software giant yet has to announced who will head Xbox division, various entertainment product teams, including TV-related crew, game studios, retail group and so on.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Business, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface


Comments currently: 19
Discussion started: 07/04/13 08:32:25 PM
Latest comment: 07/16/13 12:09:40 AM
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The only thing I really want MS to do is bring back Flight Simulator.
4 0 [Posted by: pckitty  | Date: 07/04/13 08:32:25 PM]
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Their Windows PC gaming department has been disbanded.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 07/07/13 08:28:32 PM]
They had it in beta a couple years ago, it was horrid and then it got cancelled.
0 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 07/08/13 12:13:01 PM]

So as big as microsoft is they weren't doing this a long time ago? No wonder most of their products are way behind a lot of their main competitors.
2 3 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 07/05/13 12:37:09 AM]
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Most products are way behind competitors? What would those be?
4 1 [Posted by: deepblue08  | Date: 07/05/13 08:24:28 AM]
hmm I don't know tablets, phones, music players.
1 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 07/05/13 11:26:10 PM]
But the real money makers: Office, SQL Server, Visual Studio would like a word with you. They are heads and shoulders ahead of competition.
1 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 07/08/13 12:24:32 PM]
That's the only reason why these products are successful. MS is an absolute monopoly and since people don't want to change their software, MS wins and can overcharge for absolutely crappy products like no other.
They hardly have anything new that has been successful. Their only success is from abusing their monopoly.
0 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 07/09/13 04:34:14 AM]

Oh so the guy who heads development of Windows Phone is going to be over the Windows OS, I see where this is going! It is time to start researching Linux distros, maybe start with running a windows 7/Linux dual boot, and gradually move over to using mostly Linux, as the windows only third party applications become available on Linux, it is only a matter of time! After windows 7's EOL I can Keep it around in a VM. sans any Internet access! Really, by the time Windows 7 EOLs, I expect that some PC makers will be offering their products, with a type 1 hypervisor/VM, and I will be able to run any OS, or multiple OSs, hardware resources permitting, I desire, and all this foolishness about what OS will come with the computer will be over for good!
0 1 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 07/05/13 01:26:06 PM]

Moving the troops around when the chief is the problem is not going to change anything.
Semi private organizations with out regular renewal at the top always fail.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 07/05/13 08:06:49 PM]

But Ballmer is still there, surrounded by women who probably can't challenge the gorilla.
3 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 07/06/13 04:03:50 AM]
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agreed completly, Ballmer want to bankrupt microsoft, we have seen huge success of windows phone.
1 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/06/13 08:25:46 AM]

They are putting the head of the least successful department in charge of Windows? Windows Phone has gone backwards over the last five years both in terms of market share and features. They should sack the WP team and just use a modified version of Windows for the phone.
0 0 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 07/06/13 11:47:24 PM]

'a business unit in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers (to be overseen by Tony Bates)'

That should read 'stealing small developers software' and getting away with it most of the time
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 07/07/13 02:07:07 AM]

Ballmer is a disaster to MS, to be honest. ALL the products launched on his leadership are almost complete CRAP: Windows 8, Office 356, Office 2013, Xbone, windows phones with almost no valuable App market for OS, ubber expensive tablets with Win 8, etc, etc.
This guy definitely wants to destroy MS, no doubt about it.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/09/13 01:31:32 AM]
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Windows 8 is actually better than Windows 7. I actually have 2 laptops - one with Windows 7 and one with Windows 8.
1 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 07/09/13 04:36:39 AM]
I find 7 is fine for old laptops, but 8 rocks on touch and desktops (a high sensitivity mouse in windows finally works!)
0 0 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 07/16/13 12:09:40 AM]


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