Windows boss to manage Microsoft’s hardware division, including Xbox One – report

Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 11:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Windows chief Julie Larson-Green is said to be in the frame to head up Microsoft’s hardware division following Don Matrrick’s departure for Zynga. Sources inside the company have claimed that Steve Ballmer is poised to reshuffle his executives into new roles imminently.

Bloomberg reported on insight given by unnamed sources within the company, and added that under Ballmer’s alleged reshuffle, Larson-Green would oversee hardware engineering across the board at Microsoft.

The shuffle would also see Skype president Tony Bates in charge of Microsoft’s acquisitions and the forging of relationships with the company’s software development partners.

Ballmer’s announcement could be made as early as next week, Bloomberg’s sources said, and the new strategy will see Microsoft’s focus shifted to devices and services.

The news follows Don Mattrick’s departure for troubled social gaming company Zynga, which – according to analyst Michael Pachter – is said to have pushed EA’s search for John Riccitiello’s successor back to square one, as Mattrick was originally rumoured to be in the frame.

What do you make of the above? Could a shift to services and devices work for Microsoft? Does it sorely need a new visionary to head up Xbox One’s strategy? Let us know below.

Thanks MCV.



  1. ps3fanboy

    i said earlier that ballmer would take over xbone division. but it is clearly someone here at vg247 read my comments. so now they avoided the disaster because this person they can easily fire if things fails. it would be a bit hard to fire ballmer the boss of micro$hafts, lol…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. FrankWhite

    ^^^ you are out of your mind.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Kieran

    Mattrick had to of been fired for what he said about people who have no internet to say with the 360 or at least gave him trouble hes there to promote the X1 and win fans but says that lol id say microsoft wernt happy

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Digital Bamboo

    Whoever ends up taking Mattrick’s place, MS really needs to hire a PR+speech writing+editing team to filter EVERYTHING that is communicated to the media & public through all channels. They have the money.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. super3001


    yes they make best gaming but bad pr.

    still not bad as giant enemy crab realtime weapon change dual 1080p 120fps bs from sony. their ps3 launch pr was real bad

    #5 2 years ago
  6. FeaturePreacher

    The windows 8 chick who refused to put a start button and boot to desktop option that led to windows 8 taking close to a year before it passed Vista in market share. Oh man, I wonder how long the XBone will suffer at her hands.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gheritt White

    They think a UI expert will be able to re-establish the XB1′s core-audience appeal? I would have hoped for either Phil H or Phil S, long-time games industry experts that they are.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    @6 FeaturePreacher, i didn’t think about that but you are correct sir. i guess they just needed another excuse to fire her butt… that is why they gave her the most not wanted job at micro$hafts at the moment, the xbone divisions.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MangoMantang

    Bad idea, making someone that is already in charge of a buggy piece of SOFTWARE in charge of a piece of HARDWARE going downhill.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    Does this mean she will present during E3 conferences? Because that would be a good thing for the usually male only conferences (Ubisoft aside).

    #10 2 years ago
  11. stretch215

    “Boot to desktop” lol. Is clicking the desktop icon too much for you?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. gargus


    Its still Microsoft. Its still the same company that is behind all of the things we have disliked about the xbox one since its announcement.

    Everyone seems to think one single person has made every xb1 decision, made every call, put all policies in place and been the single solitary voice for the xb1. When in fact Mattick was just a frontman, a mouthpiece to address the masses for Microsoft. They get rid of him and put someone else in place then guess what? Its still the same company, same board of directors making the same decisions as before.

    They only probably chose her since she is an attractive female. A lot of male gamers will be nicer to her, pay more attention to her and not be as hard on her simply for the fact she is an attractive female.

    I bet if she is made all of matticks announcements and said everything he said the backlash wouldn’t have been as bad.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. mreko3230

    @12 “They only probably chose her since she is an attractive female. A lot of male gamers will be nicer to her, pay more attention to her and not be as hard on her simply for the fact she is an attractive female.”

    Have you seen the way male gamers talk to and treat women in gaming?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Maabren

    Ballmer are going after Julie. Xbots, save her from that bigfoot.

    And EA, call me and I’ll make your mothership shine all day long.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. N2O1990

    Title is misleading
    She lead hardware division(all hardware)=/=Xbox division,remember MS have more than one hardware(xbox)

    Also she’s not the one created Windows 8,that guy created Windows 8 already gone

    #15 2 years ago

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