Microsoft Windows division boss Julie Larson-Green has been appointed head of Microsoft’s new Devices and Studios Engineering group, replacing former Interactive Entertainment Business chief Don Mattrick, who left the company earlier this month, and heading up the Xbox brand.
The Devices and Studios Engineering group was created as part of a major corporate restructure at Microsoft, replacing the previous Interactive Entertainment Business Group.
Also introduced is a new Operating Systems Engineering Group, led by Terry Myerson, which will continue development of Xbox One’s operating system.
“Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in an email to employees.
“Today’s announcement will enable us to execute even better on our strategy to deliver a family of devices and services that best empower people for the activities they value most and the enterprise extensions and services that are most valuable to business.
“We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies. Although we will deliver multiple devices and services to execute and monetize the strategy, the single core strategy will drive us to set shared goals for everything we do. We will see our product line holistically, not as a set of islands. We will allocate resources and build devices and services that provide compelling, integrated experiences across the many screens in our lives, with maximum return to shareholders.
“All parts of the company will share and contribute to the success of core offerings, like Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface, Office 365 and our EA offer, Bing, Skype, Dynamics, Azure and our servers. All parts of the company will contribute to activating high-value experiences for our customers.”
Read the full press release here.