This philosophy of consolidation is in keeping with the Xbox One's promotion as not so much a video game console but as an "all-in-one entertainment system," to use Microsoft's turn of phrase. Larson-Green is a twenty-year veteran of Microsoft. A self-taught programmer, she joined Microsoft in 1993 as a program manager for Visual C++, and led UI design for a number of Windows projects, as well as overseeing the launches of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Myerson is a former software entrepreneur who joined the company in 1997, and previously led Microsoft's Windows Phone division. Aaron Greenberg has also announced via Twitter that he will be continuing on with Microsoft as Larson-Green's Chief of Staff.
"We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company -- not a collection of divisional strategies. Although we will deliver multiple devices and services to execute and monetize the strategy, the single core strategy will drive us to set shared goals for everything we do. We will see our product line holistically, not as a set of islands."
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Julie Larson-Green takes point as Xbox chief
Microsoft veteran and Windows chief Julie Larson-Green has been named head of Microsoft's reorganized games and entertainment division. Windows Phone lead Terry Myerson has also been named head of OS.