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Microsoft Plan to Restructure Mobile Unit

Microsoft Plan to Restructure Mobile Unit

Microsoft is preparing to revamp the team that oversees its consumer gadgets division.

Microsoft is preparing to revamp the team that oversees its consumer gadgets division, as it falls farther behind Apple and Google in the market for mobile phones and other devices, according to a news report.

Citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal said the software giant could announce "major organizational changes at its Entertainment & Devices Division as early as this week." The Journal said those changes would include the departure of J Allard, the chief experience officer and chief technology officer of the division, who had been overseeing a recently aborted tablet PC project. The unit is headed by 22-year Microsoft veteran Robbie Bach.

Some say Microsoft has let its foundational Windows and Office franchises interfere with a necessary focus on a mobile future. The company has seen shipments of handsets based on its mobile operating system fall as Google's Android phone OS and Apple's iPhone have enjoyed significant jumps.

The Entertainment & Devices Division also handles Microsoft's Xbox gaming business.

A Microsoft representative declined to comment on J Allard's status or on any organizational challenges.


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