SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft's head of Windows, Julie Larson-Green will reportedly take over the company's Xbox division.
Earlier this week Don Mattrick quit as head of Xbox at Microsoft, leaving to become CEO of struggling social games firm Zynga. At the time, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn't announce who would replace Mattrick, but Bloomberg has since reported that Larson-Green is likely to take over the role within with additional responsibility.
Citing people "familiar with the matter" Bloomberg reported that Ballmer will put Larson-green in charge of hardware engineering for the whole company, which will see her overseeing Microsoft's Xbox and Surface tablet divisions. We're not sure that Larson-Green quite knows what she's about to get into, if the rumours turn out to be true, with the Xbox and Surface divisions amongst the most contriversial within Microsoft.
Although unconfirmed, the controversy surrounding the Xbox One is the likely reason Mattrick quit, with speculation suggesting that he might have even been pushed out. However, following his departure Ballmer had nothing but nice words to say, thanking Mattrick for "setting us on a path to completely redefine the entertainment industry".
This isn't the only likely staffing change at Microsoft, as Ballmer is expected to announce a major executive reshuffle as early as next week.
Bloomberg claims that Skype president Tony Bates will be put in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, while Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson will be given added responsibility for the Windows operating system.
The report stressed that none of these plans have been finalised yet, but we're likely to hear more next week. µ
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