Microsoft reassigns Larson-Green to make room for Elop

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

Stephen Elop, considered a top Microsoft (MSFT) CEO candidate before Satya Nadella got the nod, is set to assume command of the software giant's Devices & Studios unit, responsible for all of the company's hardware and entertainment products.

At the time the Nokia deal was announced, Microsoft had stated Elop would eventually be in charge of a Devices & Studios unit that would include most of the teams coming over from Nokia.

Julie Larson-Green, running the unit since last year's reorg, is being reassigned to a new role as the "chief experience officer" for Microsoft's Applications & Services unit, which is responsible for Office, Skype, Bing, SharePoint, and several other products.

The move shortly follows Nokia's launch of three low-end phones running a custom version of Android backed by Microsoft services. Windows Phone exec Joe Belfiore has suggested Microsoft isn't thrilled about the move. "[Nokia will] do some things we're excited about, and some things we're less excited about."