When Don Mattrick left Microsoft to head up Zynga last week, some noted Microsoft’s lack of an immediate successor was odd. Well, today Microsoft has revealed that Julie Larson-Green, now former Microsoft Windows division boss, would be heading up a new division, though essentially replacing Mattrick.
As head of Microsoft’s new Devices and Studios Engineering group, Larson-Green will control the entirety of the company’s hardware development and “studios experiences”, which includes games, music and video.
Additionally, Microsoft introduced a Operating Systems Engineering Group, headed up by Terry Myerson.
In an email to employes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said:
“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.
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.”