Big Changes For Zune, Xbox Team

Two Top Executives Exit

image from www.terminally-incoherent.com 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.

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