Microsoft unveils major restructure

Microsoft has unveiled a major corporate restructure in a bid to work to a “single strategy” and innovate with greater speed and efficiency.

Announcing the changes in a memo to all staff, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said “we are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies” and said the firm would allocate resources for building devices and services that provide “compelling, integrated experiences across the many screens in our lives.”

As part of the divisional restructure, 20-year company veteran Julie Larson-Green will lead the new Devices and Studios Engineering Group, which will encompass all games, music, video and other entertainment.

“We will strive for a single experience for everything in a person’s life that matters. One experience, one company, one set of learnings, one set of apps, and one personal library of entertainment, photos and information everywhere. One store for everything,” said Microsoft.

Broadly, the firm said that it would by organise the company by function, which means: engineering, including supply chain and datacenters; marketing; business development and evangelism; advanced strategy and research; finance; HR; legal; and COO, including field support, commercial operations and IT.