by Anton Shilov
07/03/2013 | 11:53 PM
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.