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Microsoft's Xbox groups consolidated with Phil Spencer as new head

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer now heads all of Xbox. ((AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

New Microsft CEO Satya Nadella announced a re-organization of some of the company's groups on Monday including the many different divisions that fall under the Xbox banner. Along with the reorganization, Nadella also revealed that Phil Spencer will move up from Vice President of Microsoft Studios to lead the consolidated Xbox division.

"I have asked Phil Spencer to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team," Nadella wrote in an email to Microsoft employees. "In this new job, Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft Studios. Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones."

"Phil will continue his close partnership with Yusuf Mehdi, who leads business strategy and marketing for Xbox, George Peckham, who heads up third-party partnerships and Mike Angiulo, who will continue leading Xbox hardware," Nadella continued.

Meanwhile, Spencer shared his thoughts on the past year of Xbox and what is in play going forward.

"This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. We've taken feedback, made out products better and renewed our focus on what is most importation, our customer," Spencer wrote on Xbox Wire.

"Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation. As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.

"You will hear much more as we head in E3, but we are at the beginning of an incredible new chapter for Xbox and I can't wait for the days and years ahead. This is going to be fun," Spencer concluded.

Spencer will be working with Stephen Elop who is now head of the Microsoft Devices group which oversees the Xbox hardware and will report to Terry Myerson who is currently Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems.

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