Microsoft to Shake Up Management: Report

Microsoft plans a shake-up of the management of its division focused on videogames, mobile phones and other devices, a report says.
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plans a shake-up of the management of its division focused on videogames, mobile phones and other devices, a report says.

Microsoft may announce major organizational changes at its Entertainment & Devices Division as early as this week, the

Wall Street Journal

reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The division includes Microsoft's Xbox videogame business and Windows Phone.

The division recorded $1.67 billion in sales during the first calendar quarter of the year, or about 11% of Microsoft's $14.5 billion in revenue during the period, according to the

Journal

.

J. Allard, the chief experience officer and chief technology officer of the division, is expected to leave that role following Microsoft's recent decision to shut down a tablet PC development project that he was overseeing, people familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

The management shake-up comes about as Microsoft, the giant the software maker, is facing a tough battle with

Apple

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and

Google

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in the market for consumer devices, the

Journal

notes.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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