Microsoft's reorg all but certain, several execs rumored for promotion

For the past few weeks, we have been hearing whispers that Microsoft is about to under-go a major restructuring. The rumors have been persistent as we head up to the close of Microsoft’s fiscal year (June 30th) with the expectations that the restructuring will take place after they close the books.

In his annual shareholder letter, Ballmer stated that Microsoft is a “devices and services company” and many believe that the restructuring will focus around this same concept.  AllthingsD is reporting that Microsoft is about to give Don Mattrick, president of its Interactive Entertainment division, Satya Nadella, head of the Servers and Tools division and Tony Bates, head of its Skype communications division, more prominent roles within the company.  

These three individuals are expected to receive key roles in the new structure but how exactly all of the company’s business lines, such as Windows, will fall into the new structure is still unknown at this time.

Microsoft, or more specifically, Ballmer, has come under fire for Microsoft’s missteps over the past few years with being late to the market with Windows Phone and a tablet OS. Shareholders have been calling for change for sometime and it will be interesting to see if this re-org will help make the company more versatile and integrated.

You can bet that if this re-org does not appease shareholders and help boost the stock price, the headhunt for Ballmer will be stronger and louder than ever.

Source: AllthingsD | Image via Microsoft

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When a company chooses to alienate a huge portion of their customer base needlessly, and who say why they have been alienated, that does call for a reorganization. The history of businesses is littered with companies who alienated their customers and chose to ignore the situation.

TsarNikky said,
When a company chooses to alienate a huge portion of their customer base needlessly, and who say why they have been alienated, that does call for a reorganization. The history of businesses is littered with companies who alienated their customers and chose to ignore the situation.

History is also littered with businesses who failed to meet future demand, and change with the times.

Charles Cohen said,
just get rid of don mattrick and all is forgiven

okay, what is it with this? it's as if people think that fixing microsoft is as easy as these 3 steps:

1: Fire Don Mattrick
2: Fire Steven Sinofsky
3: Fire Steve Ballmer

seriously?

FalseAgent said,

okay, what is it with this? it's as if people think that fixing microsoft is as easy as these 3 steps:

1: Fire Don Mattrick
2: Fire Steven Sinofsky
3: Fire Steve Ballmer

seriously?

Microsoft has a vision. Firing people isn't going to change that.

Dot Matrix said,

Microsoft has a vision. Firing people isn't going to change that.

Are you saying that visions come from and get executed by a company with A.I. of sorts, not from their executives?

Dot Matrix said,

Microsoft has a vision. Firing people isn't going to change that.

Microsoft is like The CocaCola Company, they sell because people are seasoned with the product, not because the new campaign, in this case Modern UI = Coke.

bviktor said,

Are you saying that visions come from and get executed by a company with A.I. of sorts, not from their executives?

You know exactly what I'm saying.

Dot Matrix said,

You know exactly what I'm saying.

No, I don't. Company decisions, strategies and directions ("vision") mostly depend on the particular executives, not on the little drones. A single executive can make a much bigger difference than 10k employees. The employees merely execute what the boss says.

For a good example, see Steve Jobs.

Dot Matrix said,
Microsoft has a vision. Firing people isn't going to change that.

It's just that, this vision is too narrow for many . They could make it wider by not removing some features in their products.

FalseAgent said,

okay, what is it with this? it's as if people think that fixing microsoft is as easy as these 3 steps:

1: Fire Don Mattrick
2: Fire Steven Sinofsky
3: Fire Steve Ballmer

seriously?

well those steps would never work..... Steve Sinofsky left already on his own

EJocys said,

It's just that, this vision is too narrow for many . They could make it wider by not removing some features in their products.

You mean like how they didn't remove all those forms from large programs like Exchange in order to "guide" people onto power shell and only put them back when everyone realized powershell just made it harder to do some simple tasks that use to be part of the UI? pshhhh MS knows what they are doing! they'd never remove features....... ppppsh

Dot Matrix said,

Microsoft has a vision. Firing people isn't going to change that.

MS is a corporation not a congregation with a messianic leader, thanks God I would add... As such it is focused on generating profits; if the "vision" will not generate them..... the "vision" will be adjusted, modified, or even scrapped. If and when such a scenario will become real heads will roll. It has always happened and it will always happen; it is part of the human nature.