A reorganization has been in the works at Microsoft for over two years now, as the plan is near being finalized new details are emerging.  The changes would give greater responsibility to executives including Satya Nadella, head of the (Azure) server business, Don Mattrick, who runs Xbox, Qi Lu, chief of the online group (Bing), and Tony Bates, president of Skype.  Andy Lees who was essentially fired from the Windows Phone division, will leave Microsoft sometime between the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone Blue. Ballmer, who is now 57 is looking at potentially retiring after 10 years, and wants this reorganization to allow a natural successor to emerge within the company. Ballmer is still meeting with the board (i.e. Bill Gates) to discuss and finalize changes. The changes are aimed at cutting the number of disparate units and fostering cooperation between products so that Microsoft is more competitive. One idea ...

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