After 22 years with Microsoft, Bach expressed his joy about his time with the company and his plans after his retirement, which will be final this fall.

“At Microsoft, I’ve been so fortunate to spend more than two decades of my life working with incredible people and doing amazing things like launching Office, Xbox and Xbox Live, the ‘Halo’ franchise, Windows Phones, Zune and more. I’m at the time in my life where I want to dedicate more time to my family and my nonprofit work, including my work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I have the utmost confidence in Steve, Don and Andy and their ability to see through our mission of bringing extraordinary entertainment and mobility experiences to life for people around the world.”

J. Allard has been with Microsoft for 15 years and will continue to work as an advisor to Ballmer. He will be looking at design and user interfaces and providing perspective.

Allard and Bach are two key members of the unit responsible for mobile phones, the Xbox 360, and Zune. The loss comes at a time where the company faces great competition from Apple, Google, Nintendo, and Sony.

The full consequences of this change have yet to be determined, as the complete re-organization chart won’t be ready until later in the year, after Bach and Ballmer decide who will take over certain roles. Don Mattrick, who leads Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, and Andy Lees, who heads the mobile communications business, will report directly to Ballmer starting in July. Corporate Vice President David Treadwell will report to Mattrick.

CEO Steve Ballmer thanked Bach and Allard for pushing the company into the entertainment industry and changing the culture of Microsoft.

“I want to close by thanking Robbie for the incalculable contributions he has made to Microsoft over the years. He will be greatly missed when he retires this fall, and I am glad that I’ll have the opportunity to continue working closely with him between now and then. And as J makes a similar transition, I look forward to working with him in a new way.”

What will this do for the future of Microsoft? How does this change things for the company? Will this be remembered as a turning point? What will the future hold?

Source: Kotaku