Looks like the group Windows Media Center comes under is shuffling again. Windows Media Center fell under the TV, Video and Media group group (which also includes Zune and Mediaroom) and was headed by Enrique Rodriguez the Corporate Vice President of the group but this week he left the company and the teams have been moved to Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) with covers Xbox and games.
So Zune and Windows Media Center move to IEB with Mediaroom becoming a standalone group within Entertainment and Devices. I am not sure what impact it would have on Media Center development but its interesting that the Mediaroom and Media Center are being split just as we get better interaction between the platforms.
Mary J Foley has all the details on her blog including speculation on what is going to happen with Windows Mobile.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the move:
“As a natural evolution of the Interactive Entertainment Business, our consumer products and experienes focused on games, movies, tv and music will move into IEB, led by SVP Don Mattrick. In addition, we’ve formed a new centralized E&D services infrastructure team, which will act as a combined resource across the division.Finally, Enrique Rodriguez has decided to move on from his leadership position running the tv, video and music business and is evaluating his next career opportunity. The TVM first party business, Zune and Windows Medica Center will move to IEB, and Mediaroom, the TV platform businesss, will become a standalone group within E&D, reporting directly to (E&D) President Robbie Bach.”