Elop has been at the center of many interesting Microsoft-related speculations recently. Many tech analysts had speculated, for instance, that Elop was being tapped as the next CEO of Microsoft and has, among other plans, an intention of shutting down Bing once he gets the position. The rumors never materialized and eventually Satya Nadella was made the CEO.
This time, however, it has been confirmed that Elop will be getting at the helm of Devices and Studios division at Microsoft. This division is very significant for the company because it is tasked with Xbox, Surface tablets and the overall game and entertainment-related developments at Microsoft.
Before Elop’s appointment, the position was held by Julie Larson-Green who took control of the division last year. In a parting email sent to Microsoft employees, Green wrote, “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!’ It would be interesting to see where Elop takes the Devices and Studios division in the coming days.”