Microsoft Devices and Studios leader Julie Larson-Green moving to new role in company

Microsoft is shifting one of its executives to a new role in the company in the near future. Geekwire reports that Julie Larson-Green, who has been the head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios for the past seven months, will soon become the Chief Experience Officer in the company's Applications and Services Group and will report to that division's leader Qi Lu.

That means Larson-Green will be helping to develop and expand software and online products like Skype, Bing and Office. She has previously worked at Microsoft on the Windows team under Steven Sinofsky and helped to develop Windows 8. When Sinofsky departed Microsoft in late 2012, Larson-Green became the head of Windows development until the company moved her to be the leader of Devices and Studios in July 2013, which includes the Surface tablets and the Xbox division; today's announcement will return her to software development.

Larson-Green will remain as head of Devices and Studios until Stephen Elop returns to Microsoft to become the new head of that division. Elop was previously supposed to work with Larson-Green in that part of the company, but it now appears that he will be the sole head of that division. Elop will officially come back to Microsoft when the deal to acquire Nokia's Devices and Services division is completed sometime before the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Source: GeekWire | Image via Microsoft

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Good riddance, MS almost got rid of people responsible for Win 8 fiasco. Now they can bring back people who have some sense rather than arrogance. Sinofysky was the lead guy responsible for this mess.

Anybody notice she had some face work done? Look at the PDC 2008 and Channel9 2007 video, she does not look the same.

She's just going back to a role she started at with Office and then Win7/8. Hardware was not really something she did, probably a stopgap till the Nokia deal was done and Elop could take over.

and sky is about to become more confusing. maybe she'll have 1 app that does both desktop and touch mode in one, but you can't choose.

The farther away this person is from development the better. I'm not sure what a chief of UX even means in such broad term. Is it like chief yahoo? a token position which really means time to look for a new job? Plus she is the UX person for windows 8...which by public reception accounts is a nightmare UX being fixed by the post Steven S teams. It would be hard to believe she would be given more power, or a chance to ruin yet another division.

whatever the case, this is the last major Steven S lieutenant to leave windows. It is safe to say the original windows 8 leadership has all be neutered or fired.

And just because something didn't turn out very well doesn't mean the people who were responsible for it are to blame. She said during one of their interviews for Windows 8 when they were explaining how the *house* was changing in Windows 8, that she made Windows 7's *house*. Okay, she was here when Windows 8 didn't turn out very well, and she was here when Windows 7 sold over 630 million licenses.

I really don't like the idea of Stephen Elop being in charge of this division, considering how he took advantage of Nokia, and how sources mentioned how he would think it would be a good idea to kill Bing and sell Xbox...I'm sure he's a very nice person...but he's sort of a trojan horse, and I'm more frightened seeing him run this division by himself than to see him work together with someone who genuinely believes in a dream and tries to make it happen, than to sell it to some other company...

clearly you don't understand the role of a manager. you're responsible for your team's mistakes. Do you think Ballmer was directly responsible for a lot of the MSFT wrongs? no, but he had to go because that's the price executives pay.

Was JLG responsible for all the mistakes? no, but she was in charge of UX, and part of the Win8 Team. Steven S met a quick end even if he wasn't to blame for everything.

you can argue how this is unfair, but so is the world.

Clearly I hope you understand that Microsoft's overall vision isn't going anywhere, and that Modern UI is here to stay. By next year, Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will both have converged and feature Modern UI 2.0. None of this would be possible without the people who got scolded for beginning work on this design.

We might be getting better mouse and keyboard support, maybe a start menu. But we aren't getting back Windows 7's start menu, we aren't getting an option to disable the Modern UI.

A long time ago Microsoft tried to change Windows in a significant way back with Longhorn and instead did a code reset, and started all over again. I don't believe Microsoft completely gave up on doing this. They have tried and tried over the years to significantly change Windows, and they are still trying to figure out how to do the most appropriate way.

So far they tried taking away the desktop, and using the Metro apps and start screen as a new Windows. That didn't work, so now they are working on mouse and keyboard support. With windowed Modern UI apps, better mouse and keyboard support, and a new start menu designed for the desktop on the way...it sounds a whole lot like Longhorn. But instead of WPF or Silverlight apps this time, it's WinRT apps.

With Windows Phone getting a File Manager in 8.1, this may be a universal app, and it may be the groundwork for something in both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9. Possibly even a replacement for Windows Explorer. Even Office for Modern UI en route late 2014, most Windows apps soon will be WinRT based.

We might possibly have a Modern UI desktop full of WinRT apps that also work full-screen on touchscreens on tablets and phone and even Xbox One with Kinect support.

So to consider the faults of Stephen Elop and Julie Larson Green and blame them as the leadership of Windows 8 is pretty ignorant as Microsoft isn't backing out and making Windows 9 a Windows 7.1 release.

neonspark said,
clearly you don't understand the role of a manager. you're responsible for your team's mistakes. Do you think Ballmer was directly responsible for a lot of the MSFT wrongs? no, but he had to go because that's the price executives pay.

Was JLG responsible for all the mistakes? no, but she was in charge of UX, and part of the Win8 Team. Steven S met a quick end even if he wasn't to blame for everything.

you can argue how this is unfair, but so is the world.

Again, Ballmer wasn't fired.

Dot Matrix said,

Again, Ballmer wasn't fired.

Ballmer occasionally acted like an insane monkey in times past, and we appreciate the colorful memories. However, Ballmer bet the company on Windows 8 and he honorably resigned when he lost his bet.

seeprime said,

Ballmer occasionally acted like an insane monkey in times past, and we appreciate the colorful memories. However, Ballmer bet the company on Windows 8 and he honorably resigned when he lost his bet.

Where have they lost the bet? They just sol 200 million licenses.

Dot Matrix said,

Where have they lost the bet? They just sol 200 million licenses.

They should have sold FAR more than that. W8 has been an unmitigated disaster for MS in the consumer and corporate space, costing OEMs billions (and closings, retrenchments, and sales like Sony's PC group to Lenovo), and setting the entire PC desktop industry back for years.

How can you not know about this?

I still think Stephen Elop should go up on stage dancing around like Steve Ballmer and scream "You can't spell DEVELOPERS without ELOP!"

Enron said,
I still think Stephen Elop should go up on stage dancing around like Steve Ballmer and scream "You can't spell DEVELOPERS without ELOP!"

That's pretty good. It would be hilarious if he did something like that, even if he was just being silly and having fun with the developers.

+521 She needs to work on her speaking skills, plus with Sinofsky interrupting left and right at Build, i would also find it hard to speak to thousands of people.