CEO Steve Ballmer looking to restructure Microsoft, focus more around devices and services


Steve Ballmer

Remember when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that Microsoft was transitioning into a “devices and services company?” In a new report today, it appears that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning on a “significant” restructuring of the software giant.

For those that don’t recall, Ballmer mentioned that Microsoft was shifting into a “devices and services” company. “This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves – as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses,” Ballmer stated back in October of 2012.

So what exactly does Ballmer have up his sleeve? Microsoft has yet to officially mention any of this, but according to sources close to the matter, Ballmer wants to “solidify Microsoft into the devices and services company” that he mentioned in October of 2012.

Apparently, Ballmer may adjust the roles for some key executives and perhaps even hire new ones or add new executives to certain roles. Satya Nadella, President of the Servers and Tools division; Tony Bates, President of the Skype communications division; and Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment division may all get larger roles within the company. It is unclear exactly what their new roles would consist of or if other top executives will face the same adjustment.

Microsoft is a little bit all over the place right now with its Business Solutions, Online Services, Microsoft Office, and Windows. It’s going to be interesting to see how Ballmer brings everything under the umbrella of “devices and services.”