MICROSOFT HAS NAMED Phil Spencer as head of its Xbox division in the latest executive shuffle at the firm.
Spencer, not to be confused with the presenter of Location, Location, Location, has been at Microsoft for 25 years, and on Monday was named head of the company's Xbox division. The move will see the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams merge with Spencer's existing Microsoft Studios division, with Spencer reporting to software boss Terry Myerson.
Spencer is pleased with his promotion, and said in a statement, "Our community is at the heart of what we do at Xbox. Whether it is meeting thousands of fans at the launch of Xbox One, talking at industry events or hearing from gamers on Twitter and Xbox Live, I am actively listening and I am motivated to do what's right for fans who've invested their time, hearts and money in the products we build. You have been the most important part of the success Xbox has had to date and you are a critical voice as we continue the journey.
"I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices.
"It's been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry."
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella added, "Phil's team at Microsoft Studios has helped build a community of more than 80 million Xbox owners and 48 million Xbox Live members through blockbuster game franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, Kinect Sports, Fable, Forza Motorsport and many others.
"He's helped drive the development of brand-new entertainment offerings like the partnership with the NFL and the formation of Xbox Entertainment Studios.
"I love the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, Titanfall!), connects with its fans, pushes the boundary of entertainment and has embraced the power of the cloud in such interesting and impactful ways. Phil is the right person to lead Xbox forward."
Nadella also named Scott Guthrie as head of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group and confirmed Stephen Elop's new position as EVP of the devices group, news that broke at the end of February.
Elop will also play a role in developing the Xbox, Nadella said in the published memo. µ