• Microsoft Combining its OS and Devices Teams, Ousting ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop



    Microsoft recently announced the departure of Stephen Elop, the former CEO of Nokia, as part of a broad restructuring at the company. This particular restructuring will see its Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group merge into one unit going forward. Elop’s exit from the company is actually his second departure from Microsoft as he previously headed its Business Division responsible for the Office Suite from 2008 to 2010. In September of 2010, Nokia recruited him to take over the struggling smartphone maker.

    During his time at Nokia, Elop issued the famous “Burning Platform” memo where he announced that the Finnish handset company would be swapping over from its own Symbian operating system over to Windows Phone, the mobile platform created by Microsoft. The switch to Microsoft was one of the too-little too-late scenarios but one that the company was able to leverage and spin off its own smartphone division in a $7.2 billion sale to Microsoft in 2013. This acquisition led Elop to complete a full circle and end up back at Microsoft under the title of vice president in the company’s Devices and Services business.

    At a point of point, Elop was even seen as a candidate for CEO of Microsoft to replace Steve Ballmer but the company ended up choosing veteran executive, Satya Nadella, instead. Along with Elop, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder will be departing after “a designated transition period.” These particular departures are related to the engineering restructuring changes while Chief Insights Office, Mark Penn, will be leaving in September for “another venture outside of Microsoft.”

    The company ended up stating that its new structure will focus on “enabling more personal computing experiences powered by the Windows ecosystem.” The head of this new Windows and Devices Group will be Executive Vice President, Terry Myerson.

    Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    We are aligning our engineering efforts and capabilities to deliver on our strategy and, in particular, our three core ambitions. This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace.
    Source: Microsoft (Press Release) via The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Combining its OS and Devices Teams, Ousting ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop started by Akshay Masand View original post
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