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.
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.
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.
Microsoft's J Allard tells TheStreet.com that Microsoft's next-gen console "will be in the neighbourhood" of US$299 (AU$395.74).
It will be four more months before consumers can get their hands on Microsoft's Xbox game machine, but one fan will soon have the next best thing. Microsoft is giving away an early version of the Xbox Development Kit, a PC outfitted with the same equipment as the Xbox and generally sent to software developers who are writing games for the new console. The machine comes outfitted with Windows 2000 and the Visual C++ software writing package and is autographed by J. Allard, Seamus Blackley and other key members of the Xbox development team. Details and an entry form are available on Microsoft's Xbox site.