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Microsoft's Corporate Shakeup Further Merges Windows Products

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In a move that only further closes the gap between the quickly merging Windows worlds, Microsoft has shuffled itself around in what Steve Ballmer terms "a far-reaching realignment of the company."

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More specifically, Terry Myerson—formerly of Windows phone fame specifically—will be heading up the entire OS department, including Windows and Xbox software and systems. Additionally, Julie Larson-Green will now be heading all hardware development, a turn from her previous, strictly Windows position.

According to Ballmer, this shakeup is being implemented with the hopes that it will "enable [Microsoft] to innovate with greater speed, efficiency, and capability in a fast changing world." While all of this is significant, none is all that surprising considering the rate at which Microsoft has been taking steps to turn its lineup into a single, cohesive ecosystem.

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In Ballmer's memo to Microsoft employees, he explicitly describes his grand vision for an eventual Windows singularity of sorts:

We will strive for a single experience for everything in a person’s life that matters. One experience, one company, one set of learnings, one set of apps, and one personal library of entertainment, photos and information everywhere. One store for everything. Microsoft has the clear opportunity to offer consumers a unified experience across all aspects of their life, whether the screen is a small wearable, a phone, a tablet, an 85-inch display or other screens and devices we have not yet even imagined.

You can read the full company memo over at All Things D. [All Things D]

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Dude Gates needs to pull a Jobs and come back and save his company because Ballmer is KILLING IT!!!! Every move this dummy makes FLOPS. The windows tablet, phone, and now Xbox are all flops. Ballmer is a cancer and needs to be thrown out quietly of course and have Gates come back to run the company back to profitability and ride everyone again. I'm guessing Ballmer is just an asshole and doesn't instill loyalty like Jobs did with Apple. Anyway, GET RID OF HIM. Ever since he's taken over Microsoft has been a joke. Not putting a phone out FOR A YEAR!!!!! WTF man. That right there was a fire-able offense. I can't believe he's still in charge. Gates come back man!!!! NOW please. The world can spare you because Microsoft, amazingly, could disappear if Ballmer is allowed to make more "moves" with your company. Can you guys believe this is the company people were scared of and had it broken up slightly and brought a monopoly case against? Wow just put in a JOKE of a business man and watch as the company collapses in futility. This guy was riding Gates's coat tails and now he's in charge and HE'S FAILING. How many mistakes are you going to allow Gates? He's killing your legacy.