Microsoft strengthens Azure, Xbox and Nokia devices teams

Enterprise software vendor Microsoft today announced 3 changes — Scott Guthrie, Phil Spencer and Stephen Elop — to its top management under the new CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft Azure, Xbox and Nokia devices will gain attention after these new official announcements made by Microsoft CEO today.

Microsoft promoted Scott Guthrie to executive vice president to lead and drive the Cloud and Enterprise organization.

Since joining Microsoft in 1997, Scott made contributions to .NET and other pivotal technologies that help power the Microsoft ecosystem today, and most recently has been the driver behind the growth of Microsoft Azure.

Phil Spencer will take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team. Phil will report to Terry Myerson, allowing Microsoft to keep gaming close to the group developing operating systems across devices. Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft Studios.

Combining all Microsoft software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones.

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Phil will continue his partnership with Yusuf Mehdi, who leads business strategy and marketing for Xbox, George Peckham, who heads up third-party partnerships and Mike Angiulo, who will continue leading Xbox hardware.

Over the years, Phil’s team at Microsoft Studios has helped build a community of more than 80 million Xbox owners and 48 million Xbox Live members through blockbuster game franchises such as “Halo,” “Gears of War,” “Kinect Sports,” “Fable,” “Forza Motorsport” and many others.

He’s helped drive the development of brand-new entertainment offerings like the partnership with the NFL and the formation of Xbox Entertainment Studios.

Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as executive vice president, Microsoft Devices Group.

The mobile capabilities, hardware design expertise, and manufacturing and supply chain operations they bring will help Microsoft drive innovations in devices to delight its customers.

Stephen will partner closely with Phil and Terry on Xbox and will bring together many of the top leaders from his existing Nokia Devices and Services organization as well as the current leaders of the Devices and Studios team.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in a letter to his employees, said: “Today marks the start of another big week for Microsoft as we gear up for the Build conference in San Francisco. We continue to push on the momentum from last week’s news about how we will thrive and grow in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, as shown by the great Office apps for iOS, rich new APIs for developers and our new Enterprise Mobility Suite.”

Baburajan K
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