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Microsoft: Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop now heads Xbox

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
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In an internal memo issued by Microsoft's executive president Julie Larson- Green, it was revealed that Stephen Elop would now oversee the Microsoft Devices and Studios division, which encompasses, games, Surface, entertainment and the Xbox. Larson-Green who formerly sat in Elop's current position, will now take the role of Chief Experience Officer in the Applications and Services Group.

As hard as it is for me to leave Devices & Studios, I'm thrilled about this opportunity... 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!

Larson-Green also maintained that she would help as much as possible to make Elop's transition smooth:

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," she said. "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.

Talk about a strange twist of fate: last year when Elop was being considered for Microsoft's CEO position, he mentioned that he would ponder on selling off the Xbox, but now-- he's in charge of it.