Report: Microsoft post-reorganization leadership revealed


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will reportedly announce a restructuring as early as next week.

Rumors of a Microsoft restructuring have been reported for weeks, though a new report claims the plans are nearly finalized, with division heads who will oversee more tasks expected to be named soon.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will reveal the reorganization as early as next week. Sources told Bloomberg that the new chain of command will solidify Ballmer's vision of Microsoft as a devices and services company, a goal the chief executive has emphasized for more than a year. When the restructuring is complete, Microsoft will consist of divisions that work more broadly across the company's various areas of operation.

Bloomberg claims current Skype President Tony Bates will oversee "acquisitions and relationships with software developers" while also focusing on overall strategy and business development on the software side as well as coordinating with hardware partners. On the hardware front, Julie Larson-Green, who is currently in charge of the Windows division, will reportedly oversee the company's entire range of products, including Xbox consoles and Surface tablets.

Don Mattrick, who was the head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (the unit that oversees the Xbox team), was reportedly in the running to oversee the company's hardware prior to his recently announced departure for Zynga.

Microsoft's best-known product, Windows, would have a division all to itself that would combine both desktop and mobile Windows development, meaning Windows and Windows Phone would be overseen by the same leadership. Bloomberg claims Terry Myerson, who currently heads the Windows Phone unit, will oversee that combined division. Previous reports indicated Myerson would run the division jointly with Larson-Green, though Mattrick's departure may have changed those plans.

Finally, Satya Nadella, current head of Microsoft's server business, would lead a division that consists of cloud computing and corporate products and services, while Qi Lu, president of Microsoft's Online Services Division, would lead a division for online "applications and services engineering" that would include Skype, Bing and Office. Bloomberg's report didn't clarify whether Lu's proposed division would include all Office products or just the online services, such as Office Web Apps.

In addition to the new divisions, Ballmer's plan would reportedly separate the company's engineering units from its business units, meaning marketing staff would work together regardless of what product or service they're assigned to. Tami Reller, current leader of Windows marketing, would oversee the entire marketing unit. Additionally, financial chiefs for each division would report directly to Amy Hood, Microsoft's chief financial officer, instead of their division heads as they currently do.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Microsoft

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bviktor said,
A woman on top of Xbox, the nerd stage? I'm sorry but that's just wrong. They really need someone who's respected among gamers, someone like Major Nelson.

I think you're confusing business and politics. A division leader doesn't have to pander to the audience to stay elected. You just get someone else to represent the group at public events.

The damned last thing in the world a business needs is a sales personality running a team.

bviktor said,

Be as emancipated as you like, you can't ignore the fact that hardcore gaming is mostly a man's business. Nowadays the public trend is to pretend everyone's exactly as good at everything as everyone else, but it's just not true. For example, women are usually much better at HR, men are typically better at IT, and so on.

Wow. Just... wow. What century are you living in? Please say this was a joke and you're not really that ignorant.

bviktor said,

<-Drivel Removed->

Hey, buddy, just to let you know, some of the most "hardcore" gamers I know, are women.

Just putting that out there.

They really need someone who's respected among gamers, someone like Major Nelson.

You do realize Major Nelson is part of Marketing, not hardware, right?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make this have the same features on windows phone and windows. I want things like bookmarks to sync between my windows 8 and wp8 devices.

How about all settings to sync between wp and win8 contact information(properly) IE Tabs, addons, TPL, bookmarks, installed offical apps, store

majortom1981 said,
......

This is rumoured to be coming in the 8.1 (post GDR2) update.
I want the WP keyboard on my surface. They nailed that. The 8.1 one is better but still not there.

deadonthefloor said,

This is rumoured to be coming in the 8.1 (post GDR2) update.
I want the WP keyboard on my surface. They nailed that. The 8.1 one is better but still not there.

I think the surprise with using the windows 8.1 kb space bar to select text like they demoed was nice. You don't have that problem on the phone since the distance is so close compared to a bigger tablet device. Other than that, I think the two keyboards are pretty close already.

Next week? That'd make sense. The Worldwide Partner Conference kicks-off this Sunday, so the timing's just right.
I'm a bit surprised about Julie's new position. I'm sure she's a great person, but her presenting abilities do need a bit more work. She's improved a bit since last //build/.
Bring on the reorg.

Sszecret said,
......

This is the one thing that bugs me about MS. Their public speaking training.
Everyone who is weak comes off looking like a robot.
I call it the Microsoft Presentation Cadence.

Sszecret said,
Next week? That'd make sense. The Worldwide Partner Conference kicks-off this Sunday, so the timing's just right.
I'm a bit surprised about Julie's new position. I'm sure she's a great person, but her presenting abilities do need a bit more work. She's improved a bit since last //build/.
Bring on the reorg.

I honestly question why the head of the division needs to do the presentations exactly? Sure it would make sense that they know best being at the top but honestly why don't they let someone under her do it? That or she just gets better with more practice and so on, even at this BUILD you could clearly tell she was nervous. I say let Ballmer present things like he did with Windows 8.0 last year. I think he did a great job, forget what event it was though, heh.

"Article said"

allmer's plan would reportedly separate the company's engineering units from its business units, meaning marketing staff would work together regardless of what product or service they're assigned to.

This need serious attention on MS part.

Jose_49 said,

This need serious attention on MS part.

It sounds like the reorg will fix that, now there shouldn't be any miscommunication between divisions and the marketing should be able to better sell all the interoperability that's being added and taken advantage of.

Jose_49 said,

This need serious attention on MS part.

Honestly sounds like classic scaled agile. Only draw division lines between 'functional areas' of business, rather than department silos.

I don't see how the "applications and services engineering" division which "include Skype, Bing and Office" could be separate from the other "cloud computing and corporate products and services" division. Is office not a "corporate product?" So by "cloud computing", they only mean the Azure product they offer to customers and not their own services, like Bing, which runs on top of it as well?

haven't logged on in a long time but heres an idea microsoft. fire ballmer and bring bill back. the company has gone downhill ever since he left.

fixxxer2013 said,
......

Except we all know Bill doesn't WANT to come back. He's happy working on life's larger problems, and Life is better off for it.

Windows and Windows Phone together is SO badly needed. They also need to send a rocket up sales/ marketings ass. Those two things will really help things out

The only quandries I have, if this is all true... Where does Visual Studio go? Where do the coding languages go? How do Hardware, and Windows teams work together? How will each division be split up into sub divisions?

My expectations/what makes sense to me...

Windows/OS
> Phone
> Tablet
> Desktop
> Embedded
> Platform Dev (Visual Studio)

Hardware/Devices
> Xbox
> The Garage
> Surface
> Nokia (Phones)
> Accessories

Cloud Services/Corporate
> Office
> Azure
> Server
> Enterprise

Apps/Service Engineering
> Skype
> Bing
> Office 365
> Small Metro App Teams

Marketing/Business/Partnerships
> Yammer
> Evangalism
> VP of Corp Communication
> External PR company

Aquisitons and Dev Relations
> OEM contacts
> Beta feedback triage
> New opportunities
> Forward thinking/planning

How's the business?
-king of the hill.
-shareholder happy.
-nice year
-fine
-with some ups and downs
-so-so
-with some difficulties
-restructuring. <--- lol MS
-closing some business/office/division.
-reengineering
-selling offices
-selling assets and firing over half of the personal.
-chapter 14
-game over.

So, MS is not doing it so great after all.
And btw, some companies think in the future and they don't care about the current fiscal year but in 3 - 5 years in the future.

I don't know much of these people's track history or abilities so I can only comment on the structure (which I admit is less important) but here goes.

I see positives and negatives to this change

Firstly if we agree that working more collaboratively across the MS portfolio is a good thing then the changes seem to be in line with that.

For example MS finance heads reporting to a single head of finance. This should help provide a more Enterprise rather than BU view of the investments that need to be made.

Of course I hope with these changes they don't get slower in their decision making processes as this will be a real problem for MS.

Also I hope these centralised groups don't loose tocuh/detailed understanding of the groups they used to serve (i.e. engineering moving out of BU's)

The same three points above relate to all the other changes i.e. the bringing of Windows and Windows phone together, a single engineering group rather than BU engineering groups and a single marketing group.

p.s. I hope that MS marketing is FINALLY fixed though I suspect I have more chance of flying to the moon on a scooter

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