Ballmer To Combine Windows & Windows Phone Divisions

Ballmer, Myerson, Green, Lees

Our sister site Microsoft-news has been reporting on a re-organization plan under way at Microsoft.  A new report out this morning suggests the Windows & Windows Phone may be combined headed up jointly by current Windows Phone Chief Terry Myerson and current Windows chief Julie-Larson Green.

One idea under consideration by Ballmer would create four divisions: an enterprise business led by Nadella; a hardware unit overseen by Mattrick; an applications and services division under Lu; and an operating-systems group jointly led by Terry Myerson, Windows phone chief, and Julie Larson-Green, head of Windows engineering, said one person. Bates would also be given a significant role, said the person.

Andy Lees who was essentially fired from the Windows Phone division, will leave Microsoft sometime between the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone Blue.

Windows & Windows Phone all now run on the same Windows kernel. With the addition of WindowsRT it is expected that WinRT and Windows Phone will align closer together with the release of Windows Phone Blue in Q1 2014.

I think this is something that needs to happen and will help propel Windows Phone to greater success. My concern is that neither Julie-Larson Green or Terry Myerson are particularly great leaders and their may be a need for a third person to emerge victorious.

Of course this is just speculation on my part, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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