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NewsPoster Sep 9, 2013 10:13 AM
Microsoft tightens collaboration between PC, phone and Xbox units
Microsoft is reportedly moving quickly to enact its latest restructuring effort, following CEO Steve Ballmer's announcement of <A href=" board.committee/">eventual retirement</a>. A <em>All Things D</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow'>report</a> suggests the company is planning to bring its PC, phone and Xbox divisions closer together within the Windows unit, which will be led by Terry Myerson.<br />
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Windows Phone veteran Henry Sanders is said to be tasked with leading development efforts for the entire Windows group, while Joe Belfiore is expected to head a team that will be focused on PCs, phones and tablets. The Xbox team is said to be led by Marc Whitten, with the services division continuing under Chris Jones' leadership.<br />
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The report points out several notable exclusions from the leadership ranks, including Grant George of the Windows testing team, Antoine Leblond from Windows services, and Windows development VP Jon DeVaan.<br />
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The restructuring appears to place all of the software development efforts under one chain of command, however the hardware will still be overseen separately by Julie Larson-Green. The pending Nokia buyout is also expected to have an impact on the hardware division leadership.<br />
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Additional details surrounding the shuffle are expected to be included in a memo distributed to employees later Monday.
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