Julie Larson-Green gets new job at Microsoft so that Stephen Elop can slide right into her old one
The move by Larson-Green isn't the only reason to expect the Microsoft-Nokia deal to close soon. The Finnish based company has started reporting financial results for Devices and Services separately from the rest of the company. And the HERE team, which is not part of the deal, has already moved to a different campus along with its Chief Technical Officer. The $7.2 billion deal (sounds like small chump change compared to the $19 billion Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp) is expected to close this quarter.
Meanwhile, Larson-Green sent out an internal email inside Microsoft which does make some reference to other emails from new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Qi Lui. You can read her email below.
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014
Subject: FW: ASG Organizational Announcement
As you will read in the notes below from Qi and Satya, I’ve accepted a new challenge, leading the My Life & Work team in ASG and serving as the Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I’m thrilled about this opportunity. In working with company leaders this year to establish our One Microsoft vision and plan, I thought about ways I could have impact on helping Microsoft prepare for the future and innovate. My discussions with Satya and Qi made clear this is a critical space to drive new thinking and an essential way to help the shape the company’s direction. I’m looking forward to developing the Digital Life & Digital Work Experience Substrate that powers modern digital experiences regardless of device, as well as working across ASG to strengthen customer experiences.
I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me and supporting me as the leader of Devices & Studios over the past 7 months. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe. We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few – incredibly impressive!
Our opportunity to grow as a world-class devices and experiences company is greater than ever, and I have every belief that as One Microsoft we’re on the right path. The addition of Nokia Devices & Services into the DnS family will add tremendous scale, talent and opportunity for our future.
I’ll remain in role leading the DnS organization in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft. We’ve been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond.
You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we’ve shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS. I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them.
As I look to the future, I’m reminded of a favorite Chinese proverb: “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”
I encourage you all to stay focused on the journey and opportunities ahead, and know that I’ll be there in step with you as we launch the next chapter of Microsoft.
source: GeekWire via WMPoweruser, MicrosoftNews
1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Slide just like a snake~~~~~~~~~~~~ lol!
9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Elop can slide right into her ....what did i just read ....
11. kanagadeepan (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
PA, is it a New technique to attract more traffic to site...???
2. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
You go girl, make windows better for everyone
5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I wouldn't have saw the sexual connotation if you didn't say that... Lol...
6. nokia12 (Posts: 320; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
hahaha i didn't noticed that until i read your comment .. the title is indeed dirty
7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
so what they fit for the damn job.they can slide ever which way they want. up down up down!
8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1079; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Who knows Mr. Elop may not stay at Microsoft very long because he likes being a CEO. if someone offers him the right CEO job Mr Elop would leave Microsoft and finish out his working days as a CEO. a nice way to go out.
12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
But its hard to find a f00lish co like Nokia to commit suicide by making him their CEO...
10. Gadgety (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
OK, I hope she sees to it that Skype works on Android tablets... I got a one year subscription to Skype out, but it doesn't work with a wireless headset, and the hash tag doesn't emit sound, which disables calling to any switchboard. That makes it really unuseful, verging on a hoax since I'm locked into a one year agreement. I have to hold my Note 8.0 LTE to my ear to call, and then the speaker phone is automatically activated so a private conversation is impossible. It's pathetic. Julie, get the basics right, or Skype will crumble and fall.
13. linaresx (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
Saw that dirty little title and thought hmm.... let me check out the comments. I was right. Because I never outgrew puberty.