Is Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer close to approving major company changes?

This past weekend, word got out that Tony Scott, Microsoft's chief information officer, had decided to leave the company after five years for "personal projects.". Scott's departure follows that of Steven Sinofsky, who left Microsoft in November after leading the development of Windows 7 and 8,  and the resignation of the company's CFO Peter Klein in April.

Now a new rumor at AllThingsD.com reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in the middle of a plan that, when it is put in motion, could turn into what the article claims is a "significant restructuring" at the company. The specific details on those changes have reportedly not been finalized and in fact could change between now and when they are announced.

One possible outcome is a simplification of Microsoft's management structure. The article claims that could result in larger roles for some of Microsoft's current high profile team members, such as Satya Nadella, the current head of its Servers and Tools division. It could also affect Skype division Tony Bates and Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment division (i.e. the Xbox business).

The rumors of change in Redmond come even as Ballmer has been saying for months that Microsoft is evolving to become an "devices and services" company. There's also been calls from some analysts for Microsoft to make some more drastic changes. One of them is Nomura Equity Research analyst Rick Sherlund, who stated in May that Microsoft should consider selling off its Bing and Xbox divisions.

Source: AllThingsD.com

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get the Windows Phone guys to design the UI for Windows. Seriously. The Windows Phone team continues to nail what Metro is all about - and the Windows team follows suit. (Windows Phone introduced re-sizable tiles first)

Some outdoor air (reality) would be a huge help. MS has become way too isolated from what the real world needs and wants in a personal computer that can do productive work in office settings.

TsarNikky said,
Some outdoor air (reality) would be a huge help. MS has become way too isolated from what the real world needs and wants in a personal computer that can do productive work in office settings.

Claim without evidence.

Showan said,
Can they hire J. Allard back already...... Jus sayin.....

I am pretty sure he is back at Microsoft since he was in the Xbox one video with bill gates...,

Fire everybody on the Windows floor. Find a new Windows team that can work as a team. You may have to escort the current Windows team, but do it as a team.

Delete metro, take the desktop from Windows 7 and just add a touch friendly theme. So sick of this GUI abortion that looks like GFX processors haven't been invented yet. Refuse to use Apple products, not a sheep, and since Gnome 3 and Unity Linux has become a divided wasteland.

Nashy said,
Fire the Windows team.

I don't understand this, Windows 8 is great. Get over you stupid start menu, get on with the times. Once people get used to Windows 8 they will see how great it is. As long as the trolls keep resisting Windows 8 there will always whine about it.

How is it great?!?!?
- Multitasking is an absolute joke in comparison to a pure desktop model, which by the way android and iOS are rapidly adopting. So MS is going in reverse, taking the most steadfast productivity system and turning it into a touch obsessed low productivity system.
- GUI simplicity is actually reduced by over-simplification of controls and repeated use of colours given its like 8 possible colour options (Im being dramatic for effect of course).
- Metro paradigm is given precedence in terms of the systems start-up ect even-though Windows desktop productivity is still and i believe will be the persistent choice for people doing real work who need a flexible port with files, launchers, and windows being available at once aka the desktop metaphor.

coderchi said,

I don't understand this, Windows 8 is great. Get over you stupid start menu, get on with the times. Once people get used to Windows 8 they will see how great it is. As long as the trolls keep resisting Windows 8 there will always whine about it.

Ah yes, yes, yes, do exactly as I say, like exactly what I like. Don't question, don't resist, don't think, don't be stupid. Don't you realize resistance is futile?

rubbish.. this is just another example of wasting time and money amidst of a huge bureaucracy.. you dont need that to be efficient .. you only need to concentrate more on what matters rather then cosmetics and trivialities ..

Phouchg said,
Umm... where's the difference between those two?

It's just meaningless garble, like pretty much any comment on a thread about the business side of anything.

Your average person's understanding of business pretty much tops off at whatever casually reading Dilbert provides them.

Simplifying the management is what Microsoft has needed for ages. While they're at it they should do something about the competitive behavior between the different divisions. It makes absolutely no sense to have that much infighting and NIH-syndrome inside a single company.

As long as all the red-tape middle management gets cast aside so things work faster and the divisions work together closer then I'm all for it.

GP007 said,
As long as all the red-tape middle management gets cast aside so things work faster and the divisions work together closer then I'm all for it.

I think this is what the changes would be focusing on, getting different teams working more closely together or simply more aligned. As the products now share more backend bits and the three screens vision is closing in the structure of decision making should start to become more closely aligned as well to help with getting stuff out quicker and more unified from the start.

cetla said,
And let who run the company? Did you think of that?
Ballmer might be a monkey, but he's Gates' monkey!

Ballmer has forced out all the potential successors He care more about his own future than he company's

thealexweb said,

Ballmer has forced out all the potential successors He care more about his own future than he company's

Like who? Anyone that's up for promotion would be under Gates' provision. He's still Chairman.

Seems Microsoft is becoming the very thing it hated many years ago. They want to be a hardware and services company?

Maybe they can call themselves iBMcroSOFT

dvb2000 said,
Seems Microsoft is becoming the very thing it hated many years ago. They want to be a hardware and services company?

Maybe they can call themselves iBMcroSOFT

Or WinTel

Rudy said,
Him quitting would probably be the best thing for MS

So if he quits who do you think should replace him. Why don't you come up with a proper solution? Who should stake over if he leaves. A halfway solution is not a solution, it's a problem.

Based on what points?

The success of the 360, WP8 and W8 are all selling well under his control. The new Xbox looks promising. Stocks have risen... What else can a CEO do?

-adrian- said,
According to most of the people here sinofsky wasnt that much of a help on windows8
Yes because they let women design the UI and its now hated by all the men.
If I was Sinofsky, I wouldn't want my name on it either