- Microsoft (MSFT -0.5%) exec Frank X. Shaw denies a Mobile-review.com report claiming his company will make $2.6B in "support" payments in 2014 to mobile OEMs to compel them to make Windows Phones.
- Shaw: "Do we do co-marketing with partners? You bet! But these numbers are complete fiction!"
- Separately, long-time Xbox exec Blair Westlake, who played a large role in the console platform's transformation into a living room entertainment hub, is leaving Microsoft. In a memo, Westlake suggests the software giant's big reorg is responsible. "It has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or my skill sets."
- In 2012, Microsoft hired former CBS Network chief Nancy Tellem to develop original content. Former Xbox division chief Don Mattrick left for Zynga last summer. Former Windows exec Julie Larson-Green now oversees Microsoft's hardware engineering and game/entertainment studio ops.
Microsoft denies WP payment report; Xbox exec departs
Jan 16 2014, 14:38 ET