This morning the reorganization of software giant Microsoft became official in an all-company email sent out by the company’s current head, Steve Ballmer.
The details of the new structure, as it pertains to gaming at least, show that Microsoft has effectively split the management of the Xbox One, a division previously lead by Don Mattrick, into three separate divisions, with each managing different aspects of the next-gen system:
- Terry Myerson, previously head of Windows Phone, will lead the Operating System unit and will handle the software side of the Xbox One.
- Julie Larson-Green is now leading the hardware division (Devices and Studios), which includes the Xbox One hardware.
- Tony Bates will be leading the charge of developer relations and evangelism, which will affect Xbox One marketing.
I’m not so sure that separating the management of the Xbox One, a device named for the unity of its features, is the best idea for Microsoft after already having had problems with mixed messaging when the system was announced.
I am definitely interested to see how this shakes out for them. Stay tuned to Fate of the Game for more.