News spreading online from a leaked memo point former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to become the new lead at Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division.  This appointment puts Elop in charge of all games and hardware for the Xbox platform, Microsoft Surface and all the game developments by Microsoft owned studios.  This comes on the back of Satya Nadella being named as the post-Ballmer Microsoft CEO, for which Elop was quoted as being in the running.

Elop replaces Julie Larson-Green who is taking on a new role as Chief Experience Officer for the Applications and Services group, which includes user experiences on Office, Skype and Bing.

No current timeline as to the handover, although the wording would seem to suggest it is almost immediate, with a short period while Elop moves into the role.

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  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    So to run the XBox brand and devices, they put the guy who wanted to get rid of the XBox brand and devices if he became CEO?
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Microsoft Logic.
  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Many Europeans will always hate him for destroying Nokia and wasting tens of thousands of jobs.
    He's not even someone you'd want as a public face. Not in the old continent, at least.
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Very reasonable to hate him, and I usually think hate is too strong a word to use. But when you are talking about a man who threw away the world's most famous phone company and struck a deal with Microsoft, then can talk about hate.
  • dylan522p - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Despite that, he took Nokia from losing tons every month to breaking even and even profiting.
  • Penti - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Actually the phone division made money before he was hired and took his position, network business lost money but they later was subsidizing the phone-business instead, and didn't have to face the same type of cuts. He turned the business making money into a liability and that is why they had to let it to go for nothing.
  • Klimax - Friday, February 28, 2014 - link

    Sorry, but Nokia was already failing quite bit longer before Elop even came. It's just wishful thinking trying to blame him for it, but is misplaced.
  • Krysto - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    Time for Europeans to boycott the Xbox, if they aren't already.
  • beginner99 - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    What is the XBox? Never heard of that... ;)
  • ddriver - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - link

    What box?

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