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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  • Popolon - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    It was also Macromedia CEO during 2005, one year before Adobe buy it. And was already at Microsoft before Nokia
  • Popolon - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Does surface tablet 2 has at little success this year, because the version 1 was one of the biggest flops of the computer history.
  • BMNify - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Well, this is what i found from latest Microsoft earnings report:

    "Surface revenue more than doubled sequentially, from $400 million in the first quarter to $893 million in the second quarter."

    So, In another quarter even Surface will join the many Billion dollar businesses of Microsoft.
  • rahulgarg - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    And not to mention, Nokia's handset divison will also come under Devices and Services.
  • colonelclaw - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Sounds an awful lot like Satya has decided he wants rid of XBox. Who better to oversee it's exit?
    It's going to be a tough sell - it loses money overall and is coming a clear second in the latest generation.
  • amo_ergo_sum - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Remember the N-Gage and the N-Gage QD? Of course not. That's because Nokia only sold a handful of them. They were bought almost solely by phone reviewers who said the devices didn't work well as either a phone or a gaming device, or anything else for that matter. Bravo Mr Elop for your attempt to market to mobile gamers. Bravo M$ for choosing Mr.Elop who at least now knows what not to do... but might still try to do again anyways.
  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Elop went to Nokia some 8 years after the N-Gage.. he had nothing to do with it...
  • amo_ergo_sum - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Good to know. I stand corrected.
  • amo_ergo_sum - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Maybe the execs realize the xbox one is a sinking ship and they're just putting someone there to take all the blame for Julie Larson-Green's failures and so she get's to keep her job while they'll have a convenient excuse to axe a overly paid Nokia guy. When in reality they should get rid of bofe o'vem and hire me who actually knows a thing or two about gaming and what gamers want, like mice and keyboards for fps' & LAN + dedicated private servers + modding tools + offline bots + persistent worlds, and Occulus support!!!
  • RamarC - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    why is grandpa running the division filled with newfangled stuff he can't figure out how to operate?

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