This morning Microsoft announced a restructuring of the company, replete with shifting leadership for virtually every department in the company. Considering Xbox boss Don Mattrick just left for Zynga, it shouldn't surprising there's a new sheriff in town for the gaming side of Microsoft either. Introducing Julie Larson-Green, previously the head of Microsoft's Windows division, and now the Xbox overlord.
However, it's no longer the "Xbox" division, as the restructuring also portends a shift in attitude that may more properly represented the upcoming Xbox One era of the company. Larson-Green will not be the Xbox boss, she'll be the "Devices and Studios Engineering Group" boss. Here's the short description of the group:
"Devices and Studios Engineering Group. Julie Larson-Green will lead this group and will have all hardware development and supply chain from the smallest to the largest devices we build. Julie will also take responsibility for our studios experiences including all games, music, video and other entertainment."
Larson-Green previously led the successful launch of Windows 7 as head of the Windows department at Microsoft. She's experienced in programming, but it's unclear whether or not she's a gamer. Is that an important requirement for the job? Difficult to say, but it could mean a lot with regards to what the Xbox One will be at launch and what it will become over the next years.
Cheers to Julie on the new job, we can't wait see her representing her new console on-stage! The age of Mattrick ends, the age of Larson-Green begins.