I'd like to be optimistic about this, but without knowing too much about the key players who are now in charge of my favorite gaming system, it's tough. Julie Larson-Green comes to the hardware division after working on Windows? I hope I'm wrong, but I get this image in my head of Ms. Larson-Green sitting down with a 360 controller this morning -- for the first time. "So, people play games with this? Like Tetris? How do you turn it on?"
And Terry Myerson is positioned to head up the Operating Systems division after working on the Windows Phone? So a person who is most familiar with hardware is now in charge of software, and the person who used to run a software division is now in charge of hardware...? I don't recall hearing about the successes of either the Windows OS or the Windows Phone in recent months, so I guess Microsoft believes they'll be better doing each other's job instead of doing what they were initially hired to do.
Maybe their credentials are much better than I'm giving them credit for, but I doubt they'll be as gamer-oriented as Phil Spencer's credentials. He would have been the perfect choice for head of the Operating Systems division, if not both divisions. But what do I know. I'm just a customer.