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Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop now in charge of Xbox
Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop now in charge of Xbox
February 25, 2014 | By Mike Rose

Newsbrief: When Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile business back in September, the company put Nokia CEO Stephen Elop into the executive vice president role at its Devices & Services division -- the portion of the company that handles Xbox, amongst other devices.

Today, Devices & Services boss Julie Larson-Green announced in an internal Microsoft memo, as reported by TechCrunch, that she will be changing roles and leaving Elop in charge of the division.

This latest shake-up comes just weeks after Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its new CEO, a man who has spearheaded strategy and technical shifts at Microsoft, including the company's development of its grand-scale cloud infrastructure, which currently supports the Xbox services.

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John Paduch
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O.....k? Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems like an odd choice. A guy who ran a failing mobile phone company to run Xbox? There were lots of raised eyebrows at MS's acquisition of Nokia to begin with, given that MS was failing on the mobile software front and Nokia on the hardware front, so I'm wondering why Xbox is even included in this general "Devices and services" division along with their failing phones.

Ryan Christensen
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When he was being considered before Nadella for CEO, he wanted to shut down Xbox or sell it off.

Strange message to send.

Rob Wright
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Yeah, this is troubling for Xbox. Larson-Green was a rising star at MS, having taken over the Windows biz for Steven Sinofsky when he left in 2012 and then getting promoted again to take over the Devices & Studios group last summer. With her in charge of that group, it seemed like the Xbox/gaming business was in good hands. But to rotate her out after just 7 months and put Elop (he of the "burning platform" memo) into the role after the reports about him looking to sell or scuttle Xbox is bad news.

G Irish
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I guess this means the chances of the Xbox division getting sold has gone up dramatically. It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft makes any statements to either confirm or deny the prospect of an Xbox division sale. My guess is that if they do respond they'll hole up with a 'no comment' or 'we're committed to the success Xbox' so that they don't scare gamers off at a very fragile time in the console's lifespan.

Mark Nelson
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I assume this is a consolation for not being appointed CEO of Microsoft for his "handling" of Nokia... (and all the intrigue my quotes imply)

His appointment erodes my confidence in the platform.

Merc Hoffner
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LOL. I mean, elle oh elle. You couldn't make this stuff up.

Marc Schaerer
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As someone who somewhat favors PS3 and WiiU over the X1, I'm not sure if I should sarcastically call this good news, as it means one competitor less in the field in less than 18months