Skype, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

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.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at