Steve Ballmer Reportedly Spearheading Major Restructuring Effort Within Microsoft

Paul Lilly

Big changes could be brewing at Microsoft

Job security is tough to come by these days, even if you're a high-level manager at Microsoft. Check that -- especially if you're a high-level manager at Microsoft. That wouldn't normally be the case, but as the market transitions to mobile, it's being reported that company CEO Steve Ballmer is in the midst of a major restructuring effort, details of which he's hammering out with a small group of confidants and board members.

According to Kara Swisher at All Things D , the vast majority of high-level workers at Microsoft aren't privy to Ballmer's specific plans and therefore have no input on the decision-making process. All they know is that it's Ballmer's goal is to solidify Microsoft as a "devices and services company," as he stated in a letter to shareholders last October.

"It feels like it is going to be titanic — that Steve is doing this change for his legacy," a person close to the situation told Swisher. "And it’s the first time in a long time that it feels like that there will be some major shifts, including some departures."

Ballmer could end up firing a bunch of people or he could do nothing at all, though most expect he'll make some changes, whether that entails handing out pink slips or shuffling divisions around. Whatever happens, the most interesting aspect is how the core Windows business will fit into the restructuring effort.

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