Neowin picked up rumors that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is preparing a restructuring to make the software giant leaner and more efficient. There are no official details yet, but it's rumored that Ballmer plans to pair down Microsoft's structure from eight business units to four. Some Microsoft executives are expected to receive larger roles in the company, while others may see their roles diminished or possibly removed entirely.
According to a report by AllThingsD citing unnamed sources, Ballmer has been working on the plan in relative secrecy for months, only informing a "small group" of executives that report directly to him as well as some Microsoft board members. The entire senior leadership team will likely be informed of the changes by July 1, the outlet reports. The lack of involvement with the entire executive group is said to have worried many top managers who may see their roles diminished or possibly removed entirely.
One source reportedly told AllThingsD that Ballmer is making the moves for his legacy at the helm of the company and that "it's the first time in a long time that it feels like that there will be some major shifts, including some departures."