Julie Larson-Green eyed for Xbox hardware role

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Julie Larson-Green - currently in charge of Windows at Redmond - is reportedly poised to lead Microsoft's hardware division, including Surface and the lucrative Xbox, the latter of which was only recently vacated by Don Mattrick.

As TG Daily previously reported, Mattrick was appointed CEO of Zynga earlier this week after Redmond reversed a number of unpopular and controversial Xbox One policies.

Independent analyst Billy Pidgeon says Redmond's Microsoft's turnaround on the initial digital policy for Xbox One provided a great opportunity for Mattrick to leave.

"Microsoft can announce a new Xbox business leader and the executive shift will play as part of the strategic change for Xbox One without much negative effect on the impending launch," he explained.

According to Bloomberg, Larson-Green is likely to be picked to lead hardware engineering at Redmond, a role that Don Mattrick eyed. Meaning, there may very well be no direct replacement for Mattrick at Microsoft. 

The publication did emphasize that the above-mentioned restructuring of senior Microsoft roles has not yet been finalized, although Tony Bates, the previous president of Skype, has reportedly been tapped to assume responsibility for acquisitions and relationships with software developers.