In a reorganization, division chief Robbie Bach and CTO J. Allard are both leaving, with Microsoft splitting the entertainment and devices business into parts.
Although Redmond frequently shuffles its executive ranks, Tuesday's departure of Robbie Bach and J. Allard is a big deal. CNET's Ina Fried takes a look at the implications and fallout.
What's J Allard been doing? The company isn't talking, but it's easy to believe that Microsoft's going to release some sort of combination Xbox-Zune device.
The dual-screen prototype is indeed legit, but is just one of many prototypes cooked up as part of a skunkworks project being headed by J. Allard, sources tell CNET News' Ina Fried.
Microsoft's J Allard tells TheStreet.com that Microsoft's next-gen console "will be in the neighbourhood" of US$299 (AU$395.74).
There was plenty of innovation in Microsoft's ill-fated Courier tablet. The project ultimately died when Microsoft decided to bet solely on Windows for tablet computing.
So Steve Ballmer announces a reorganization to bring more focus to Microsoft. It's almost an annual event.
Former execs associated with the nixed Courier dual-screen tablet project are resurfacing at companies doing Courier-inspired apps for Apple's tablet.
Former Nike designer Albert Shum joined Microsoft five years ago to infuse design thinking into the software giant's product development process.