Microsoft has been said to be considering a major restructuring under the leadership of CEO Steve Ballmer, and Skype — or rather Skype Technology SA’s President Tony Bates — is said to be majorly affected this restructuring effort.

If the restructuring is indeed put into effect, according to a Bloomberg report, Skype president Tony Bates would be put in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers. This information comes from the usual unspecified “people familiar with the matter.”

Restructuring of the company is said to help make the software side run more efficiently, specifically the Windows and Windows Phone areas, among others as the company looks to streamline its software and hardware divisions to ensure greater efficiency.

Of course, the restructuring isn’t finalized at all at this point, and it’s possible that Ballmer may still shuffle roles around up until it’s officially announced, according to the report.

According to the current information provided about the restructuring effort, Bates would lead strategy and business development and work to build relationships with software makers and partners who make hardware running Microsoft programs, but we won’t know for sure until the restructuring has been announced.

  • Emmalynn

    Microsoft is doing a LOT of stuff lately. Windows 8.1 is amazing, Windows Blue, Windows Phone Blue, restructuring, Xbox One…wow.

    • Beautiful-head

      Windows 8.1 isn’t necessarily amazing. It’s what Windows 8 should have been from the beginning.

      • blackandblueberry

        Windows 8 needs a lot more work before I’ll upgrade. Until then, it’s Windows 7 for me. I’m not too big on beta testing operating systems.

  • Beautiful-head

    As long as it makes it so Microsoft is able to communicate their products more effectively with their customers. That’s their biggest problem right now.

  • blackandblueberry

    From how the article title reads, I thought someone was quitting completely.


    Tony Bates should be CEO of Microsoft as he has a proven record of vision and business. Ballmer knows how to run the business but has little vision…he killed the Courier. Ballmer and Gates were a great team…its time for Gates to become Bates!!