News spreading online from a leaked memo point former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to become the new lead at Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division.  This appointment puts Elop in charge of all games and hardware for the Xbox platform, Microsoft Surface and all the game developments by Microsoft owned studios.  This comes on the back of Satya Nadella being named as the post-Ballmer Microsoft CEO, for which Elop was quoted as being in the running.

Elop replaces Julie Larson-Green who is taking on a new role as Chief Experience Officer for the Applications and Services group, which includes user experiences on Office, Skype and Bing.

No current timeline as to the handover, although the wording would seem to suggest it is almost immediate, with a short period while Elop moves into the role.

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  • Flunk - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Wow, I can't think of anything Microsoft hasn't already tried with the Xbox One that would make me more disinterested in it.

    Let's give the decision to the guy they bring in to shut things down as a Trojan horse! Oh yeah!

    I guess if I have to pick a console it will have to be PS4 but Sony isn't exactly great either, they've jumped on the charge for online play bandwagon now too.
  • LordanSS - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    I don't have a PS4 yet, but do own a PS3 and Vita.

    The thing you seem to be neglecting is the fact that PS+ is actually an awesome deal. Paid 50 bucks myself for a yearly subscription, and gained access to more *free* awesome games than I have time to play.

    For all the years I've owned my PS3 I am now dumbfounded to how much I could have saved up had I signed up for the service before.

    As an extra tho, I got a PS+ code from an e-tailer... not comfortable giving my CC info away if I can avoid it, heh.
  • Flunk - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    It doesn't matter how much content you get for the price, the plain fact is that there is still a pay wall for online multiplayer. One that only exists on PS4 and Xbox and not on Android, Windows, Steam OS or anything else you can play games on.
  • nikon133 - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    That is nonsense, of course it matters. I'm half way down my first PSN+ year, and I already got much more games for free (which I would definitely purchase otherwise) than my full year subscription is. I saved money by going PSN+.

    On top of that, I got handful of games that I would not necessarily purchase, but this way I got chance to try them for free as well.
  • Klimax - Friday, February 28, 2014 - link

    Xbox Live will give you two games too and it was case for quite bit longer then with PS+. And those games will be yours even if you stop paying for service, unlike with PS+, where you lose access to them.
  • B3an - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    It was a rumour he wanted to sell off Xbox. Do you believe all the shit you read on the net or are you just stupid.
  • BMNify - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Elop planning to get rid of xbox division was all rumours!! Why are people reacting on baseless rumours created by pseudo journalists/Tech bloggers to increase page hits.
  • deathdemon89 - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    I agree with this. If memory serves correctly, everything I've read about Elop wanting to get rid of XBox were rumors.
    On the other hand, "devices and services" also includes Surface, and I'm pretty excited to see what Elop comes up with on that front. Can you imagine a 2520-esque Surface running full 8.1? That would be sweet.
  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Get your facts straight.
    It was an article from Bloomberg, not a "baseless rumour created by pseudo journalists".
  • evonitzer - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Well, the other points stand. Bloomberg wants pageviews as much as anyone else, and that is a nothing article. "would also consider selling healthy businesses such as the Xbox game console if he determined they weren’t critical to the company’s strategy."

    Proving once again that the only way to be a (possible) CEO is to be boring and say absolutely nothing (even internally) or people will freak out. And then remember it for all time for future freak-outs.

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