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Microsoft reorg would expand roles of key execs

The president of Skype, Tony Bates, would handle acquisitions and relationships with developers, while Windows chief Julie Larson-Green would oversee hardware engineering for the whole company, says Bloomberg.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly eyeing a reorganization that would enlarge the roles held by a number of top executives.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg said Wednesday that current Skype president Tony Bates would be in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers. Windows head Julie Larson-Green would run hardware engineering for all devices throughout the entire company. Don Mattrick had reportedly been a candidate for that job before the announcement this week that he is exiting Microsoft to become CEO at Zynga.

Oversight of Windows OS engineering would be folded into the portfolio of current Windows Phone software head Terry Myerson. Satya Nadella, who currently heads the server business would control a division focused on cloud computing and other products for the enterprise. And Qi Lu, chief of the online group, would manage an engineering unit controlling Bing as well as Office and Skype engineering, according to one of Bloomberg's sources.

Ballmer could announce the reorganization as soon as early next week, Bloomberg added.