Rumors that Mr. Xbox, Mr. Zune and the almost Mr. Courier, J Allard, will be parting ways with Microsoft. This whole mess began when Steve Ballmer decided to pull the plug on the Courier (or as I like to to call it, the iPad 2.0). Allard did not take to kindly to this and according to some inside sources, he is currently away on sabbatical and unlikely to return to Microsoft.
Allard’s info remains to be unchanged on the company’s website; he still is listed as Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Entertainment and Devices Division. However, on May 18th, Todd Holmdahl, former Corporate Vice President of the Gaming and Xbox Product Group, had his title changed to Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Incubation. What does his job entail exactly?
“Holmdahl leads the Incubation team for the Interactive Entertainment Business responsible for continually exploring new technologies, new consumer experiences, and new business models. Holmdahl works with various internal and external partners on planning, scoping, and prototyping future interactive entertainment scenarios.”
Hmm, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Microsoft is in the process of making a replacement, and just in time for E3. My guess would be that Holmdahl will be leading the charge for Project Natal.