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Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop To Head Microsoft Devices and Studios

by on February 25, 2014
 

Stephen Elop is set to take over from Julie Larson-Green as the head of Microsoft’s Devices and Studios department.

Elop himself was a strong candidate to become Microsoft’s new CEO but lost out to Satya Nadella. Microsoft’s Devices and Studios covers a wide range of products from the Xbox to the new feather in Microsoft’s cap, the Surface series. Given Elop’s history with Nokia he seems pretty well suited to this role.

Throughout the time he was a candidate to become the CEO of Microsoft he announced some very divisive decisions he would make if he were to get the job, one of these would be to sell off the Xbox brand. A pretty big decision but I think from an investors point of view probably a wise one I don’t think Microsoft can continue to support Xbox and to sell it to someone like Samsung would be a wise move for all involved and now with Elop in a position to really make his voice heard in regards to how barely sustainable Xbox is to MS we may see a massive shift in the gaming industry.

Julie Larson-Green’s had this to say:

Team,

As you will read in the notes below from Qi and Satya, I’ve accepted a new challenge, leading the My Life & Work team in ASG and serving as the Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I’m thrilled about this opportunity. In working with company leaders this year to establish our One Microsoft vision and plan, I thought about ways I could have impact on helping Microsoft prepare for the future and innovate. My discussions with Satya and Qi made clear this is a critical space to drive new thinking and an essential way to help the shape the company’s direction. I’m looking forward to developing the Digital Life & Digital Work Experience Substrate that powers modern digital experiences regardless of device, as well as working across ASG to strengthen customer experiences.

I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me and supporting me as the leader of Devices & Studios over the past 7 months. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe. We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few – incredibly impressive!

Our opportunity to grow as a world-class devices and experiences company is greater than ever, and I have every belief that as One Microsoft we’re on the right path. The addition of Nokia Devices & Services into the DnS family will add tremendous scale, talent and opportunity for our future.

I’ll remain in role leading the DnS organization in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft. We’ve been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond.

You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we’ve shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS. I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them.

As I look to the future, I’m reminded of a favorite Chinese proverb: “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”

I encourage you all to stay focused on the journey and opportunities ahead, and know that I’ll be there in step with you as we launch the next chapter of Microsoft.

Thank you,

Julie

Source: The Verge

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