Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to reveal his plans to restructure the massive company to executives by July 1st, according to AllThingsD's sources. The thought of the shuffle has reportedly made multiple top managers concerned about just what Ballmer's significant plans will entail. Sources state the CEO has only been consulting with a small group of direct reports, as well as some board members.
This means that most senior executives have largely been kept out the loop when it comes to the decision making related to Ballmer's dream in solidifying Microsoft into the "devices and services company." Should these changes include some shifts and possible departures, it'll not be anything new as we recently lost Steven Sinofsky last year. One source close to the situation said the following:
It's believed Microsoft has not experienced such a change as what is expected to come since similar shifts were carried out by former CEO and co-founder Bill Gates. Another source said it would be humorous if Ballmer does nothing in the end since the level of worry has increased. It would make a worthy April Fools, I'm sure.
Accoring to AllThingsD, internal focus is reported to be strong on Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft’s Servers and Tools division; Tony Bates, president of its Skype communications unit; and Don Mattrick, president of its Interactive Entertainment division. As well as these positions, many are wondering how the job of Qi Lu, president of Microsoft’s Online Services unit, will shift in the upcoming changes, as well as that of Terry Myerson, who runs our beloved Windows Phone division.
Many expect Ballmer to unveil his plans internally, ahead of the end of Microsoft's fiscal year. It's not clear when a public announcement will be made. There's something in the wind, folks. We'll have to wait and see what the plans will reveal.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.