Is this the new Xbox Boss? 
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Geoffrey Tim
July 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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Earlier this week, Xbox head Don Mattrick announced his surprise departure from Microsoft, and his even surprisier move to becoming CEO of mobile and social gaming company Zynga. Rumour and supposition suggest it was because of the botched Xbox One reveal, but sources say it really has more to do with an internal Microsoft re-organisation that Mattrick wanted no part of.

It’s left sweaty, porcine-faced Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer in charge of everything for the moment, with Microsoft scrambling to find a suitable replacement. One may have already been found, in current Head of Windows Product Development Julie Larson-Green – who’ll oversee all hardware, including Xbox and the Surface Tablets.

And while this absolutely isn’t about gender issues within the videogame industry, it would be quite refreshing to see a woman in such a prominent position in videogames, delivering those E3 and Gamescom keynotes. Larson-Green has been with Microsoft for two decades, and while she possibly doesn’t know very much about videogames, she has to have a little more stage persona than Don Mattrick (who also really seemed to know little about games).

She has to, right? 

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  • Harvey P. Cheesewinkle

    Yeah she’s done such a great job with Windows 8, what could possibly go wrong. *chuckle* Either way, hopefully the ship is righted and we see some good competition in the next gen. Always makes for a better industry (even if the sides get a tad heated at each other).

    • Mark Treloar

      She was credited with Windows 7 dont know who was responsible for Windows 8

      • TiMsTeR1033

        prob steve ballmer lol

      • Harvey P. Cheesewinkle

        Well, if she’s the current Windows product boss, then I would assume she was integral in 8 also (then again, the old saying about assumptions probably stands to reason there).

        Windows 7 on the other hand…definitely like it, though, not a fan of the ~145 updates you have to install when rebuilding a system heh.

        • Mark Treloar

          Updates were madness.

        • Ultimo_Cleric N7

          “Do not turn off your computer. Updates in progress:
          2 out of 130″
          2 hours later…….

          • RinceWind

            I know, and it only tells you this as you are leaving the office and you need to pack your laptop away…

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            Ugh that is the WORST. Also, Murphy’s Law states that it will happen when you wanted to leave the office early.
            All aboard the failboat.

          • RinceWind

            It always happens to me. I want to leave early today… Take your bets! TAKE YOUR BETS!

          • Trevor Davies

            My favourite part is when it pops up the restart PC dialogue box with yes pre-selected for you… just as you’re pressing enter for something else.

          • Mark Treloar

            and that doesn’t include service pack 1

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            No comment….hahaha

          • Harvey P. Cheesewinkle

            I’m not sure which is worse, the old way of not letting you install beyond the point where a restart was needed, or the new way of installing everything and then realizing over the course of a day or two that 10+ restarts are needed with long ‘finishing installations/configuring windows’ in between.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            I know, either way it hurts. And everyone has the same attitude when they see that updates are available ” Maybe if I ignore it, it will go away..”

    • Paul Fouche

      win 8 is boss

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    Her resume seems perfect for the task at hand but I’m not to keen on having WIndows and Xbox merge. I like gaming on either platforms but each has it’s own role to play.

    • Mark Treloar

      Xbox uses Windows, in fact always has.

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      Looks like they are going to start pushing the Surface Smart Glass up our butts.

      • Harvey P. Cheesewinkle

        Ouch. Hopefully the edges are rounded and smoothed out, or that could be quite painful.

        • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

          Well it cant be more painful than that fucking Kinect 2.

        • Trevor Davies

          No that won’t happen. They’d have to pay Apple a licensing fee for using their patented rectangle with rounded corners design. :/

          • Mark Treloar

            Wouldn’t it be funny if Google decide to start asking for subscriptions fees for the Cloud usage.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    :) :) JADE RAYMOOOooooond… ? No :(

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Little crush there buddy?

      • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

        she can crush my code anytime :)

        • TiMsTeR1033

          She is alot better on the eyes than ole don thats for sure. he reminded me of a hamster that was left out in the cold.

          • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

            Space Hamster car salesman who was used by a 3rd force to be the face of hate.

          • Happy Hamster

            i wasnt left out in the cold , i have no affiliation to Don lol

          • TiMsTeR1033

            your a happy hamster don was a sexually abused one lol

          • Happy Hamster

            You mean gerbil not hamster , gerbils have gaps in the teeth like Don

          • Mark Treloar

            she has an amazing plastic surgeon

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Lol

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    It is Phil Harrison in drag.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      Dont put that curse on us!

  • Trevor Davies

    Good luck Xboss, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

    • RinceWind

      She knows it, that smile read ‘what did I do in a past life to get this gig?”

      • TiMsTeR1033

        porn?

        • RinceWind

          I think you come back as a royal if you do that. Or a footballer…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            damn so prince charles ……..ewww

          • Mark Treloar

            Royals are made with incest

          • RinceWind

            Haha! Too true! ;)

    • TiMsTeR1033

      you see when your a woman that doesnt look too bad she can do something that can make people forget the bad things she has said on stage when talking about new xbox ideas ect. she can bend and flash the gamers and they will be happy to forget the past crimes Ms did to us lol

  • RinceWind

    Insert feminist tinfoil hat comments, wait for it, wait for it, NOW!

    • Trevor Davies

      Something about kitchens, making babies, & shoes. Go!

      • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

        Washing Ironing and Fcking Emotional. Place all the capitals together tee hee hee

  • RinceWind

    And there I was thinking Cliffy B was going to get the position, trololo!

    • Trevor Davies

      There’s still hope for him, EA needs a CEO!

      • RinceWind

        Hahah! Can you imagine him with EA! Like Satan and Bin Laden pairing up… 0-O

        • Kromas

          Reminds me of this.

      • Mark Treloar

        Considering the direction he was taking the Xbox (casual). Zynga is the perfect fit for him.

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      He is under the desk performing his task as… well, you know? Now that Peter Molyneux managed to pick his lock and escape the gimp cage.

  • Wtf101

    Is that Jeff Goldblumm (how does one spell his surname again?) in the corner?

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      It is. He’s been elsewhere too. ;)

      • Skoobaz

        Just what do you mean? Spott Jeff Competition for the New EggsBawx on release? hmmm…

    • Mark Treloar

      Is he checking out her ass?

  • TiMsTeR1033

    how ole steve looks at Julie Larson-Green

    • Mark Treloar

      with envy?

      • TiMsTeR1033

        With lust my friend thats the look of lust……

        • Zoe

          i’ve seen lust before – that’s not what it looks like…

          • Sageville

            Yeah, I’d go with constipation, yeah, definately constipation.

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