Game Informer - As we suspected earlier this morning, Microsoft has made its reorganization official. CEO Steve Ballmer has sent an email to staff titled "One Microsoft," in which he details the new way the business will be operated.
Microsoft is going through a hard day!
Yes they are, I wonder how this'll play out later on when the ONE launches. However, this may be good for them, the article, however, states it won't.
Can you not read?
@Cam977 "can someone explain what this reorganization means" MS has had issues in the past with teams working and communicating together, this reorganization is focusing on a structure within to alleviate that, and harmonize their product teams instead of pointing guns at one another. It's actually a good day for MS as a whole, don't mind the ignorant trolls. On top of that check out the Lumia 1020, big day for Nokia as well.
It is nonsense. MS is restructuring the company and they are doing this on a pretty high level. The shares are actually up 1.35% today.
Hopefully this will allow faster development for games and a bigger focus on core games. The downside is that the two people in charge of Xbox have virtually no gaming experience. Julie-Larson Greene formerly headed up the Windows Division and now she's in charge of hardware (Xbox One, 360, Surface, etc). And she's also in charge of all games, music, video, basically all multimedia on those devices. The other guy is Terry Myerson who is in charge of OSs (and I'm assuming the X1 OSs, too) So instead of a dedicated Xbox boss who reports directly to Ballmer, we have an "all in one" division that covers games, music, movies, hardware, TV, etc.
Well I feel like this was going to happen even before the big xbone debacle. I agree that change can be good and bad at the same time. It was clear that they needed a change when they tried the DRM thing. That clearly showed that they had no idea what their customer base really wanted. Also the heavy incorporation of tv into the xbone shows that they still don't really understand what their customers want. Change will be good and hopefully get them back on track.
Nice, the lady responsible for running Windows into the ground and absolutely zero background in the gaming business is now in charge of the Xbox brand. This is going to suck for Xbox One fans but oh well.
Given MS's reported history, pointing guns at each other has been SOP almost day one. Hard to believe that that's going to change easily, or that its really going to effect how they conduct themselves outside the company. That they aren't still migrating from a product to a service based business model, which really doesn't provide that much service. Wants and expects to make a profit from every service they can provide.
@dedicatedtogamers having the Xbox Hardware & Software divisions split is actually a very good idea. because now the hardware team can design hardware which they think will define the future SEPERATE from the software team, who will also design OS and features which are core to what they think is important to the needs of the present and future. then after the intial design stages the two teams will converge and simultaneously shape the next Xbox. this is much different to what most probably happened to the Xbox One Xbox One was IMO the result of the software people dictating the direction of the console leaving the hardware team to build their ideas around those. it's essentially how Apple go about their business, and to a somewhat lesser extent how Mark Cerny designed the PS4.
@letros Off-Topic but does Nokia's new phone have earth devastating technologies or no?
Not really a hard day, but a step in the right direction. With Steve Ballmer at the helm he will be able to readjust what Mattrick did before his departure. I think they will surprise everyone at the conference with the new revamped outlook.
kinda ironic, no? the email was titled "One Microsoft" and the console is XBOX "One" but nothing about the console is even "One" to begin with! the console is a 'TWO' because Kinect 2, which is a mandatory hardware is a separate device. since launch, there has never been 'One' synchronized explanation regarding their own policies as different people said different things and now even the ecosystem itself is separated between hardware and software. smh
Even in company reorganization Sony is being copied...One Sony says hi XD http://www.washingtonpost.c... Oh this is so entertaining. ROFL!
It's business. It's a business. You know why there aren't any reports about all of Sonys internal doings. Because Xbox fanboys aren't lunatics, hellbent on hating a company.
This has to be one of the more delusional statements this week. All fanboys are lunatics....same thing as a religious fanatic. My friend you are as simple as a black and white cartoon ;)
@WarewolfSS You're doing a pretty good job of proving otherwise!!
Whatever, when Sony had to sell some assets or do anything to restructure it was on here. People talk about Sony fanboys on this site and honestly I see more hate from Xbox guys just cause whoever you backed "lost" in the end doesnt mean you have to come in here and be idiots. I have all the systems but I stil like Playstation better but Its stupid too think I won't buy something just because Sony has a product out.
cry more loser. either deal with the change in wind or move along. this site was way worse during the 360 fanboy era back in 2006-2010. funny how when the tables are turned the lil xbros all of a sudden are crying in every article about sony fanboys this and that. besides sony fanboys aren't the only ones displeased by M$'s attempt to screw the gamer. don't cry because people won't side with your beloved monopolizing corporation.
"This has to be one of the more delusional statements this week." This is N4G and his comment is spot on, get out of denial. Who you trying to fool on this site?
Warewolf the irony in your posts on the thread is almost suffocating
"Xbox fanboys aren't lunatics" -An Xbox fanboy Similarly: "Terrorists aren't lunatics" -A Terrorist
@warewolfSS why are you bringing up PS fans?
Internet newborn, you must be.
@first1NFANTRY "this site was way worse during the 360 fanboy era back in 2006-2010." Ha! Moving the goal posts again I see. This site was a Xbox fanboy haven in 2010 you say? Now that is funny. Give it a month and you'll be saying back in 2012 this place was overrun with Sony haters. Give it a rest already.
http://n4g.com/news/1263684... Sony did something similar splitting their entertainment and electronic divisions. The reason is because their electronic division (televisions, mp3 players, etc) was holding the entertainment division back. (Playstation, movies, music, etc) Any positive change is welcomed, people just don't like it when a company fails to deliver. Everything Microsoft did in the past few months have stuck with us, so it's not our fault that it's still fresh in our minds because it was really that bad. But if this helps Microsoft show they can do much better in the future, then that's a positive. It's funny how you say Xbox fanboys aren't lunatics and suggesting Sony fanboys are when really though...Microsoft fanboys are currently the most delusional bunch here with the cloud and not realizing Microsoft tried screwing them over in the past months. The reason they keep getting attacked is because they won't accept the truth.
I see a lot of pots and kettles in the house.
To me this sounds like layoffs pending. Well we see the console not doing as well....lets merge two departments and layoff employees in the confusion. I would be paranoid to work for microsoft for the next few years.
Your a Sony fanboy, your paranoid already.
What do I have to be paranoid for? I do most of my gaming on PC and I have no money invested in MS or Sony. The only thing I have to lose is respect for nitwits like yourself
They are at record highs I think they will be fine.
@jbsleek I hope so. When large corporate companies have investors to please. Employees and their families see the brunt of the burden. I've worked for several companies that restructure a few months before closing satellite offices and trimming extra fat.
@ warewolfSS - you're
This is hardly a restructuring. The Entertainment and Devices Division has always included Xbox, Zune, and any other piece of hardware. If Surface is underperforming, it would make sense to include it with the same group as Xbox which generates a profit for the company. That is why EDD was created in the first place. Zune needed to have it's losses offset.
Microsoft was never a hardware company. They are evolving with the times to keep profitable. By selling hardware under the Microsoft brand they have more control over their vision instead of relying on partners to do it. Their goal is to have all hardware connected to make everything more seamless. This is a good fit for their strategy.
Layoffs? For what? They aren't in financial trouble they are restructuring the company. Mattrick leaving left a few chinks in the armor. Plus they are doing damage control before it affects the brand
no... it's a bottom up approach... this puts leadership in direct control of every major area and will allow for units to move independently from each other while still moving towards the same goal... also we'll have a clearer picture on who's in charge of what and people who screw up will be easier to point out.
Mmmm.... this got me thinking... I wonder what would've happened if Matrick was still there? Would've his position be redefined and in effect result in him being demoted? I wonder if Matrick saw this coming, or MS held of until his departure or if its just coincidence?
It never ends with xboxone.......
wow, they should've done that years ago.
Split the OS from the hardware, hahaha, good one, right at the time XBone uses a Windows 8 kernel and Xbox GameOS running as virtual machines tied together by the hypervisor. Which just happens to need 3GB of dedicated RAM space compared to the PS4 just-one GameOS needing 1GB of dedicated RAM space. Oh, this just gets better and better, lol!
hopefully this will mean better communication with their consumer and end result being better products overall
How does this translate to a "hard day?" you people are such idiots. really. you want to hate MS so much that you will find fault in literally anything they do. it's incredibly childish.
Didn't Kaz Hirai name his restructuring Sony one? Looks like Ms just loves using word one, lol. Still good for Ms though.
Wait for it...... Doom, Doom its all Doom I tell ya!
This can't end well.
With this woman what are the chances she will make Kinect optional and drop the price?
No one would do it. There is no price drop and there will not be a Kinect optional sku.
And it shouldn't be. The new Kinect is an core piece of the new XBox OS. Plus many many more developers will not utilize it due to that fact.
It didn't stop MS from making the hard-drive in the 360 optional, which was stupid if you ask me. But Kinect is NOT a vital.
@Fossilfern, unless you helped build the system..you dont know jack about it. Just because they did one thing before doesn't mean that's in the new structure. Kinect is no longer a peripheral. It's not like they really care about having Kinect games to compete with the likes of Nintendo. They showed no real Kinect games at E3. Ever wonder why? Kinect was bought for the technology. Try thinking outside the damn box for a change. That technology has many possibilities for the future and that's why it's an integral part of the Xbox One's DNA
A snowballs chance in hell. And rightly so. K2 looks cool to me
Wow. Buying an Xbox One sounds like an even more terrible decision. Gong show over at the Microsoft offices. Anyone who has worked in an office where they are shuffling around responsibilities like this will know that this means trouble.
Wow, really? Buying a next gen console with great exclusive games and an advanced camera is a terrible decision? All based on a company reorg?? Thank God I distance myself from people like you.
You mean the PS4?
nothing changes for the Xbox One people... the only thing that changes is that the guys who work directly on the OS will be moving to new leadership and that's mostly so that when an OS change is made it's universe for all three screens
What i find funny is they have a division with Evangical in the title.
Seriously. The conspiracy theorist in me wants to avoid all MS if they have an evangelist agenda. Of course there's no way that's real, especially since Gates was an atheist.... but.... what the hell is that in your name for? There's literally no definition of the word to suggest otherwise.
It bothers me too. Pretentious to the Nth degree.
it is actually a pretty big deal for them, i found this website where you can "meet your local evangelists" It is just plain weird. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e...
Somehow this bothers me more than Kinect's NSA/FBI Spycam.
I think there are some "Evangelists" on this site.
@ savage beast- good point!
Why are there PS Vita, PS3, PSP tags on this article, and yet no Xbox One/X360?
I guess whoever submitted the article wanted all the Sony fanboys to come here thinking this is Something negative and troll it to death.
@BattleTorn Welcome to N4G a website run by Sony enthusiasts.
Something Microsoft hasn't learned in 30 years – SIMPLIFY!!! They get so bogged down in this division and that division, move this guy, fire that guy, copy them, copy those. Jack of all trades, master of nOne. What a wreck.