Big Changes For Zune, Xbox Team
Two Top Executives Exit
Microsoft has confirmed that two key executives of the team responsible for Zune, Xbox, Windows mobile phones and other entertainment initiatives are leaving the company. The departures come at a critical time for Microsoft with Zune still falling to gain traction against iTunes and other competitors and several major new products nearing launch.
Leaving are Robbie Bach, a 22-year Microsoft veteran that led the division as president since it was formed in 2005; and J Allard, an 18 year company veteran who was one of the technical and creative minds behind both the Xbox and Zune. The entertainment division accounted for 11% Microsoft's revenue and 3% of its net income in the most recent quarter.