When Don Mattrick left his role as MIcrosoft's interactive entertainment business manager many were surprised. It was not just that he left Microsoft, but that he went and joined Zynga instead. All the same, in his departure, there were many rumors suggesting who would replace him.
One name that stood out in particular was Julie Larson-Green. She has long since been a member of Microsoft, being an integral part in the development of new ideas such as the Ribbon introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 and subsequent operating systems. Now she has been officially brought on board to hopefully bring that same innovation and creative thinking to the Xbox brand.
Here is the statement from Steve Ballmer about Larson-Green about her new role:
"Julie Larson-Green will lead this [device and studios engineering] group and will have all hardware development and supply chain from the smallest to the largest devices we build. Julie will also take responsibility for our studios experiences including all games, music, video and other entertainment."
What do you think of the choice? Will Larson-Green be able to bring something new to the Xbox One brand?