Microsoft announced today that it would be splitting it’s Platforms & Services division into two separate divisions: Windows & Windows Live, and Online Services.
The move is part of a major restructuring to try and better position the company to react more quickly to competitors in the “very competitive arenas” of operating systems and the web.
In a comparison to Apple, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said that they “outsell Apple 30-to-1…but there is no doubt that Apple is thriving. Why? Because they are good at providing an experience that is narrow but complete, while our commitment to choice often comes with some compromises to the end-to-end experience. Today, we’re changing the way we work with hardware vendors to ensure that we can provide complete experiences with absolutely no compromises. We’ll do the same with phones—providing choice as we work to create great end-to-end experiences.”
The company also has big plans to refocus on Windows, according to a leaked memo, which also says that Apple is the main focus of the Windows team.
As Apple continues to thrive and Google continues to gobble up other companies, it will be interesting to see where Microsoft is five years from now.
Effective July 1st, Motorola Labs is laying off 120 of their 600 employees and reassigning another 180 to individual business units. The remaining 300 will become a new, smaller unit called “Applied Research & Technology Center”.
No comments from Motorola about the move but they did confirm a reorganization.
In a statement, the company said, “this direct alignment will help R&D teams work with their business partners to optimize R&D investment and focus on projects that deliver the greatest value for Motorola.”