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better part of a decade to place a computer in the living room, and the Xbox One, if successful, could accomplish that goal. While the main purpose of the console is gaming, the system also will allow users to control their televisions by voice using Kinect. In the Redmond demonstration last month, the company showed how users could switch from a television show to a streaming movie to a game by speaking.At the end of the day Monday, rival Sony will hold its PlayStation 4 press conference, where it is expected to offer more details on its next-generation console. In previous years, Sony has focused more on gaming and less on auxiliary tasks, such as movies and television shows, that Microsoft seems to favor. Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at [emailand protected] and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb. Sea change in Microsoft's focus may force restructure of leadership. Microsoft reportedly is headed for a major organizational restructuring as the company continues its march toward becoming a devices-and-services company.If the latest rumors are any indication, Microsoft will focus on at least three major categories in the coming years: cloud-connected services, online communications, and all things Xbox.AllThingsD reported on Monday that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is hard at work on a significant reorganization for the company that will boost at least three execs into "more prominent roles." The reorganization report comes Cheap Neverwinter Astral Diamonds on the heels of the news that Microsoft CIO Tony Scott has left the company.Ballmer last October famously said in his annual letter to shareholders that Microsoft was transitioning from a traditional software company into a devices-and-services business. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves--as a devices-and-services company," Ballmer wrote. "It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses."Three pillarsThe three Microsoft executives supposedly headed for bigger roles in the company include Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Servers and Tools division; Tony Bates, president of Skype; and Don Mattrick, who heads the company's Interactive Entertainment division.The Servers and Tools division includes a lot of enterprise products such as Windows Azure, the backbone for Microsoft's online services.If Microsoft is headed toward becoming a devices-and-services company, then it makes sense to give a more prominent position to the person responsible for making sure most of the company's online services run smoothly.Microsoft purchased Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion and has since been hard at work integrating Skype into Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Outlook, and the upcoming Xbox One. It's pretty clear that Skype is a big part of Microsoft's devices-and-services future. But whether Bates would continue to head Skype or would move on to another role is unclear.
 
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