Former Nokia boss takes reins of Xbox

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Microsoft puts Stephen Elop in charge of hardware and games.

Microsoft has put its Xbox gaming business in the hands of former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, according to an internal memo.

The memo, obtained by the Verge, says that the former mobile bigwig will replace Julie Larson-Green as the head of Microsoft's Devices and Services business, who in turn is moving on to head another division at Microsoft.

In the internal memo, Larson-Green reflects on her time spearheading the launch of Xbox One and titles such as Ryse and Forza.

“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,” she commented, adding: “I'm very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe.”

Assuring her staff that they are in “great hands” with Elop, she says will remain with the Devices and Services group until his transition is complete.

Elop, who was at one time in consideration to become CEO of Microsoft itself, was signed on to join the software giant after it acquired Nokia for $7.2 billion last year.


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