It replaced them with four engineering groups organized by function, around operating systems, applications, cloud computing and devices, and by centralized groups for marketing, business development, strategy and research, finance, human resources, legal and operations.
One element that hasn't been factored into the reorganization or the new reporting structure is the company's acquisition of the Nokia smartphone business, a transaction that hasn't yet closed. Also, at some point in the coming 11 months, Ballmer will step down as CEO and retire from the company. A replacement search is under way.
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