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Nokiaboss bliver magtfaktor hos Microsoft

Den tidligere Nokia-direktør Stephen Elop er udnævnt til chef for bl.a. Xbox

Det går ikke stille af sig, når nogle af sværvægterne indenfor computer- og mobilindustrien rokerer rundt i de polstrede chefstole. Ingen undtagelse er heller ikke tidligere Nokia-direktør, Stephen Elop’s, udnævnelse til chef for ’Devices & Studios business’.

Oversat til dansk betyder det, at Elop fremover kommer til at tage sig af Xbox, Microsoft Surface, spiludvikling og mobiltelefoni.

Det udløser ikke nogen bombe i miljøet, da man forventede at Elop ville træde ind i stillingen kort tid efter, at han havde ført Nokias mobilenhed ind i folden hos Microsoft, hvilket så sker nu.

Dette betyder dog, at fungerende chef Julie Larson-Green bliver tvunget ud i nye udfordringer. Hun bliver i stedet Chief Experience Officer i afdelingen ’Applications and Services Group’, som omfatter Bing, Office og Skype.

Når historien har fået opmærksomhed, så skyldes det til dels, at Larson-Greens nye stilling kan betragtes som en degradering, og at der er smuttet et internt memo ud fra netop Larson-Green. Selvom nogle mener, at det drejer sig om kontant afregning for PS4’s overtag på det amerikanske marked mod Xbox One, så har andre igennem længere tid luftet, at det blot var et spørgsmål om tid, inden Elop fik sin belønning for, at have navigeret Nokia/Microsoft handlen på plads.

Sitet TheVerge har fået fingre i memoet, som vi bringer i den engelske originalversion.

As you will read in the notes below from Qi and Satya, I've accepted a new challenge, leading the My Life & Work team in ASG and serving as the Chief Experience Officer (CXO). As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I'm thrilled about this opportunity. In working with company leaders this year to establish our One Microsoft vision and plan, I thought about ways I could have impact on helping Microsoft prepare for the future and innovate. My discussions with Satya and Qi made clear this is a critical space to drive new thinking and an essential way to help the shape the company's direction. I'm looking forward to developing the Digital Life & Digital Work Experience Substrate that powers modern digital experiences regardless of device, as well as working across ASG to strengthen customer experiences.

I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me and supporting me as the leader of Devices & Studios over the past 7 months. I'm very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe. We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few - incredibly impressive!

Our opportunity to grow as a world-class devices and experiences company is greater than ever, and I have every belief that as One Microsoft we're on the right path. The addition of Nokia Devices & Services into the DnS family will add tremendous scale, talent and opportunity for our future.

I'll remain in role leading the DnS organization in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft. We've been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond.

You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we've shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS. I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them.

As I look to the future, I'm reminded of a favorite Chinese proverb: "To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping."

I encourage you all to stay focused on the journey and opportunities ahead, and know that I'll be there in step with you as we launch the next chapter of Microsoft.

Thank you,


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