Stephen Elop, it seems, is set to be unveiled as the next head of Microsoft s Devices and Studios division, according to an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch. As the head of this division, Elop will be in charge of the Xbox hardware platform, in-house game development for the gaming console and the Microsoft Surface. Also Read - Windows 11 will improve multi-monitor workflow; here's howAlso Read - Windows 11 download link: Beware! Do not install the Windows 11 test build gone viral
Elop will be replacing Julie Larson-Green, who in turn is set to be become the Chief Experience Officer for the Applications and Services group. This department focuses on the user experiences on services like Office, Bing and Skype among others. There is currently no set date for this transition, but according to the report it could be sooner rather than later. Also Read - Cyberpunk 2077 back on Sony's PlayStation Store, with a special warning for PS4 owners
The Redmond-based company has been in a state of transition ever since former CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement and the company announced that it would be acquiring Nokia s handset business. Both these news are connected to Elop since he was suddenly in running to take over from Ballmer. Elop though wouldn t have an easy time as there was criticism about his breakaway package (believed to be around $25.5 million) and facing some opposition from inside Microsoft. In fact, In November, a report claimed that Elop would have considered selling the Xbox business and scrapping Bing had he been made Microsoft boss. The long drawn saga though came to an end when Satya Nadella was announced as Microsoft s third-ever CEO earlier this month.
You can check out the memo below.
From: Julie Larson-Green
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014
Subject: FW: ASG Organizational Announcement
As you will read in the notes below from Qi and Satya, I ve accepted a new challenge, leading the My Life & Work team in ASG and serving as the Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I m thrilled about this opportunity. In working with company leaders this year to establish our One Microsoft vision and plan, I thought about ways I could have impact on helping Microsoft prepare for the future and innovate. My discussions with Satya and Qi made clear this is a critical space to drive new thinking and an essential way to help the shape the company s direction. I m looking forward to developing the Digital Life & Digital Work Experience Substrate that powers modern digital experiences regardless of device, as well as working across ASG to strengthen customer experiences.
I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me and supporting me as the leader of Devices & Studios over the past 7 months. I m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe. We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few incredibly impressive!
Our opportunity to grow as a world-class devices and experiences company is greater than ever, and I have every belief that as One Microsoft we re on the right path. The addition of Nokia Devices & Services into the DnS family will add tremendous scale, talent and opportunity for our future.
I ll remain in role leading the DnS organization in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft. We ve been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond.
You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we ve shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS. I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them.
As I look to the future, I m reminded of a favorite Chinese proverb: To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.
I encourage you all to stay focused on the journey and opportunities ahead, and know that I ll be there in step with you as we launch the next chapter of Microsoft.