Stephen Elop To Head The Devices And Gaming Business At Microsoft

What, time for big changes, already? The recent face of Nokia, Stephen Elop, had been one of the frontrunners in the race for Microsoft CEO, right up until Satya Nadella was chosen earlier this month.

But according to a new report, the former Nokia boss has now been named in charge of the devices and gaming units at the technology titan — a bit of a surprising move, but one that should see him overseeing Redmond’s hardware push.

Surprising in the sense that he will directly replace Julie Larson-Green, who will now become the Chief Experience Officer for the Applications and Services group.

The Verge has the full story on this upper management shift that has Larson-Green working on products like Bing, Office and Skype in her new job. The report claims that this switch of roles was prepared ever since Microsoft made the Nokia acquisition official in this first quarter.

Nevertheless, prior to this it was believed that she and Elop would work together on the devices unit.

Stephen Elop will take charge of his new role soon after the Nokia acquisition is finalized in the next few weeks. Could be fascinating, what he brings to the table, at least in terms of hardware.

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