Nokia’s Stephen Elop To Head Microsoft Devices Group

Not all the big wireless news is coming out of Mobile World Congress this week. A leaked memo is revealing some of Microsoft's internal mobile plans, including how Nokia's Stephen Elop fits into the big picture.

It all starts with Julie Larson-Green, a former Windows exec, and her internal memo carrying the subject line "ASG Organizational Announcement." ASG stands for Applications and Services Group. Larson-Green, who most recently was head of the company's hardware development division, is now the chief experience officer for ASG, which covers Office, Skype, Bing and other products.

That makes room for Elop to lead the company's Devices and Studios Group (DnS). Elop, who left Microsoft to become CEO of Nokia, is rejoining Microsoft as part of the company's $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition. The Devices and Studios Group covers Surface, Xbox and other hardware products.

Elop's 'Great Hands'

"I'll remain in role leading the DnS organization in the interim until the Nokia deal closes and Stephen Elop makes his transition to Microsoft. We've been meeting regularly throughout and are making a lot of progress, ensuring our teams are ready for the Day 1 close and beyond," Larson-Green wrote in the memo.

"You are all in great hands with Stephen and already we've shared a lot with him and his LT from Nokia regarding all of the fantastic people, teams and products in DnS. I also know many of you are looking forward to welcoming the Nokia team and working more closely with them."

Larson-Green then shared a favorite Chinese proverb: "To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping." Finally, she encouraged the crew to stay focused on the journey and opportunities ahead.

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