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June 18, 2015

Microsoft Shuffles Executive Deck

Changes Made With Goal of Advancing Products

CEO Satya Nadella takes questions from the audience at Build in San Francisco, where he spoke about developing for Windows, Microsoft’s product strategy and the company’s future.

Satya Nadella has shuffled the Microsoft executive deck and is making bets the company will advance with some new faces.

Microsoft-logoWednesday saw a number of changes made to Microsoft’s corporate make-up as the launch of Windows 10 nears and the company struggles to regain relevance in the mobile world. That could be what prompted CEO Nadella to announce the departure of Stephen Elop, the former Nokia chief executive.

“We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions,” Nadella said in an e-mail to employees, reported CNet.

“This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace.”
Elop is not the only employee to be saying goodbye.

One of Microsoft’s senior technical executives, Eric Rudder, will also be leaving after a transitional period, reported The Australian Financial Review. Rudder was, once, considered a rising star in the company’s ranks but has been, reportedly, floundering since a 2013 shuffle left him in a strategy role.

The moves, it appears, have given Nadella hope to see Windows rise again to its once revered position.

“(Windows and Devices Group) will drive Windows as a service across devices of all types and build all of our Microsoft devices including Surface, HoloLens, Lumia, Surface Hub, Band and Xbox,” Nadella stated in the same e-mail, PC World reported.

“This enables us to create new categories while generating enthusiasm and demand for Windows broadly.”


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.