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Phil Spencer To Lead Xbox Division, Will Answer To VP of OS

Big news came out of Microsoft today!

Phil Spencer, who was previously the Microsoft Studios vice president, has been selected to lead the Xbox division by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Equally important is the news that he will be leading all sub-divisions of the Xbox including Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Videos and Microsoft Studios. The news was announced through a post on Microsoft’s website where an email by Nadella, titled ‘Tuning our Organizations’ was posted.

The whole email was worthy of reposting but I have picked up the more interesting bits about Phil Spencer’s new role and how Satya is looking at the Xbox division.

I have asked Phil Spencer to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team. Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones.

Phil’s team at Microsoft Studios has helped build a community of more than 80 million Xbox owners and 48 million Xbox Live members. I love the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, “Titanfall”!), connects with its fans, pushes the boundary of entertainment and has embraced the power of the cloud in such interesting and impactful ways. Phil is the right person to lead Xbox forward.

Moreover, Nadella said that Spencer will report to Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of operating systems at Microsoft.

The reason behind this is that they want to keep gaming close to the people who are developing the operating systems. Xbox will stay aloof of the devices and studios division.

We have no doubt in the fact that Phil Spencer is someone who cares about the gaming industry as well as Xbox itself. This move could be another assurance of the importance that Microsoft is giving to Xbox.