Microsoft Considering Massive Shift in its Organizational Structure

Big changes may be coming to Microsoft.

As the software giant faces a barrage of new challenges born of evolving consumer tech preferences, Microsoft may see itself as being backed into a corner and forced to make bold new changes.

According to sources close to the situation, All Things D reports, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could soon unveil his plans to restructure the tech giant to a larger group of senior executives.

An announcement may come as early as Monday, July 1st.

That prospect has many top managers at the company worried, since Ballmer has been making these significant plans with limited consultation with the wider leadership group at the software giant. Instead, he has been working with only a small group of his direct reports and also some Microsoft board members, numerous sources said.

“That has meant that most senior execs have largely been left out of the decision-making process related to Ballmer’s goal of solidifying Microsoft into the ‘devices and services company,’ that he wrote about in his annual shareholder letter last October,” says Kara Swisher of All Things D.

Swisher notes that the unspecified impending changes  have “made for some level of discomfort inside Microsoft, where many high-ranking managers have been at the company for a very long time.”

“It feels like it is going to be titanic — that Steve is doing this change for his legacy,” an unnamed source close to the matter is quoted in the report. “And it’s the first time in a long time that it feels like that there will be some major shifts, including some departures.”