Microsoft Share Price: Windows Shuffle Reportedly to Leave Executives Out

on Sep 10, 2013
Listen, Tuesday, September 10: Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, was making changes in the management of its Windows division that would leave long-time executives Jon DeVaan and Antoine Leblond without senior leadership roles, Bloomberg reported yesterday, citing unnamed sources. An earlier report on the changes had been published in technology blog All Things D. The move comes amid Microsoft’s largest restructuring in more than a decade, launched by the soon-to-retire Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer this summer.

In yesterday’s trading, Microsoft shares were 1.61 percent higher at $31.66 at the close in New York.

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**New Execs**
Terry Myerson, the head of Windows and Windows Phone, is reportedly reshaping the management structure of the newly combined software unit, in a move to bring closer integration between the company’s phone, Xbox and PC products. Henry Sanders, a Windows Phone executive, will head development, while Joe Belfiore, also from the phone unit, will now lead a team focused on phones, tablets and PCs.

The changes raise questions over the future roles of Jon DeVaan and Antoine Leblond at the Redmond-based company. Leblond had been in charge of lining up applications for Windows 8 and has more recently worked on the Windows 8.1 update to the operating system. Windows 8 has received a lot of criticism since its release last year due to its new tile-style interface and the lack of popular features such as the Start menu and the Start button. Some of the missing features will make their return in the 8.1 update.

DeVaan, a 29-year Microsoft veteran, was a vice president in Windows development. According to the sources, it’s unclear on whether Leblond and DeVaan will be repositioned elsewhere in the company, remain part of the Windows team or leave Microsoft.
**Xbox and Surface**
Myerson has chosen Marc Whitten to lead the Xbox team, the sources have revealed. Microsoft is nearing the launch of the next version of its highly successful Xbox range of video consoles – the Xbox One – with the release date set for November 22, exactly eight years after the launch of the Xbox 360. The company is aiming to launch simultaneously in 13 territories, including the US and the UK.

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Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to unveil a new generation of its Surface tablet at an event in New York scheduled for September 23, it has been reported. The new models won’t include a “mini” version, according to an unnamed source quoted by Bloomberg.
The Surface, launched on June 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, was Microsoft’s first attempt to tap into the booming tablet market, dominated by rivals such as Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). However, the device has so far been met with lukewarm reception from consumers.

The Redmond-based company took a $900 million charge writedown on unsold Surface tablets last quarter. The main upgrades that will be apparent in the latest generation of Surface models currently appear to be restricted to improved processors and battery life.
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