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    Julie Larson-Green taking charge for Xbox?

    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is considering a reorganization that would put Skype president Tony Bates in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Ballmer may also give Windows chief Julie Larson-Green oversight of hardware engineering for the whole company, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the plans are private. Ballmer is expected to reveal a reorganization as early as next week that aligns Microsoft’s business units around devices and services, the people said.





    Microsoft, which is struggling to gain share in mobile phones and tablets, announced a shift in strategy last year for the world’s largest software maker to focus on computing devices and Internet-based services. Restructuring will concentrate units under these areas and also separate product engineering from business functions like marketing and finance, which will get their own groups.


    The restructuring isn’t finalized and Ballmer may still shuffle roles around up until it’s officially announced, the people said. Xbox head Don Mattrick had been a contender for the hardware post before left the company to become CEO of Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), a move announced July 1.


    Under this scenario, Larson-Green would oversee hardware engineering for all devices, including Xbox gaming consoles and Surface tablets, one person said. Windows Phone software chief Terry Myerson would be given added responsibility for Windows operating system engineering under a group combining both businesses, the person said.

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    Yikes. What is her credential when it comes to gaming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insanehead View Post
    Yikes. What is her credential when it comes to gaming?
    Zero experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    Zero experience.
    I wouldn't say she fas zero experience. She been with the company for 19 years and have over seen Windows 7 launch
    Last edited by The Sith; 07-03-2013 at 16:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sith View Post
    I wouldn't say she fas zero experience. She been with the company for 19 years and have over seen every Windows lsoftware launch.
    Plus, gaming isn't necessarily a requirement for an engineering manager. Her function would be to make sure the hardware is being produced/designed as needed, and to quality levels as proposed by the design engineers.


    Larson-Green would oversee hardware engineering for all devices, including Xbox gaming consoles and Surface tablets,
    As a person who has worked in an R&D/production environment, I can tell you that the high level overseeing positions like this are only focused on production efficiency, standards, and functionality. Gaming experience would only factor in for her position if she were the one actually designing it to meet industry expectations. As it is, her position will be to merely make sure the hardware comes out as it was designed.
    LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sith View Post
    I wouldn't say she fas zero experience. She been with the company for 19 years and have over seen Windows 7 launch
    The poster asked about GAMING experience. It is ZERO.

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    It looks like she is a recent fan of plastic surgery. Not sure about watching her during keynotes, kind of disturbing.

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    Cuguy is right, its not about the games. This is straight from Ballmer:
    "The consoles are incredible all-in-one devices with built-in services that consumers love, including Bing, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive and Skype."

    It's pretty funny that Ballmer doesn't even like to call them game consoles. He tries to avoid the word "game" as much as possible. Very good strategy there, for Sony.
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    I would hit that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligmerk View Post
    It looks like she is a recent fan of plastic surgery. Not sure about watching her during keynotes, kind of disturbing.

    Cuguy is right, its not about the games. This is straight from Ballmer:
    "The consoles are incredible all-in-one devices with built-in services that consumers love, including Bing, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive and Skype."

    It's pretty funny that Ballmer doesn't even like to call them game consoles. He tries to avoid the word "game" as much as possible. Very good strategy there, for Sony.

    No, for HER it isn't about the games. A manager at that level overseeing hardware, has nothing to do with the gaming house. Don't confuse the two. There are marketing directors, PR, gaming divison, engineering, hardware, software... all of these are responsible for different things. Her position isn't impacted by games, she is only responsible for the hardware on these devices.
    LMAO

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    Julie Larson-Green taking charge for Xbox?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bligmerk View Post
    Cuguy is right, its not about the games. This is straight from Ballmer:
    "The consoles are incredible all-in-one devices with built-in services that consumers love, including Bing, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive and Skype."
    Lol @ Bing, IE, and Skype. :/ I thought Skype might get a little better after MS bought the company... but yeah... it hasn't.

    Well I hope this gal does a decent job... with the "hardware" aspect as Cu is pointing out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    I would hit that.
    I think someone has already hit that...in the face...with a shovel...why on earth did she get the plastic surgery, she looked just fine before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyClaw View Post
    why on earth did she get the plastic surgery, she looked just fine before!
    She was tired of being attractive, I guess. Maybe Ballmer kept hitting on her.
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    Wonder if there is any relation to plastic surgery and being head of hardware? What is with this new plastic surgery where everybody starts having that same look, stretched eyes, puffy lips, alien cheekbones. As for the personnel musical chairs, part of the problem is that it sounds like this is Ballmer's reorganization, not officially presented yet. It sounds like, instead of having the Xbox hardware under an entertainment division, it will be rounded up with the rest of the Microsoft hardware like keyboards, mouse, and Nokia smart phones, under some new hardware division. Wonder who MS is going to have at TGS?
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    This seems very much in line with the messaging that consoles are about all-encompassing entertainment devices. This will make it easier to put research and development in future consoles in line with things like phones and tablets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    Zero experience.
    Good luck with that!


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    uhh...Is this good or bad?
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    uhh...Is this good or bad?
    I think it's incredibly awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    I would hit that.
    lol...indeed. She looks damn good for her age. She did a good job overseeing windows 7 though. It does look like she has been under the knife before.
    Last edited by Sub-stance1; 07-03-2013 at 19:13.

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    I liked the before pic more than after pic. Pity.

    uhh...Is this good or bad?
    We don't know yet but it can't be worse PR-wise than what it has been now.
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    She can't be any worse than Mattrick. Anyways, guys like uncle Phil Spencer are the one's who run the games department.

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    I would hit that.
    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    She can't be any worse than Mattrick.
    So you basicly accepting xbo is the worst possible outcome, that can be on e3 2013?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuguy View Post
    No, for HER it isn't about the games. A manager at that level overseeing hardware, has nothing to do with the gaming house. Don't confuse the two. There are marketing directors, PR, gaming divison, engineering, hardware, software... all of these are responsible for different things. Her position isn't impacted by games, she is only responsible for the hardware on these devices.
    And as far as I can tell, she has zero hardware engineering experience. She is a software engineer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    And as far as I can tell, she has zero hardware engineering experience. She is a software engineer.
    Next they'll be putting the marketing team in charge of coding.
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