In Pictures: Microsoft. Purges, personalities, ‘pursuing other opportunities’

At Microsoft periodic reshufflings of the players and the executive hierarchy are a way of life.

Don Mattrick Until July 1, Don Mattrick was president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, but then PC games maker Zynga announced he had been named its CEO effective July 8. Mattrick spent more than six years in the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft, steering Xbox to the top spot among gaming consoles in North America and boosting Xbox Live memberships from 6 million to 48 million. Rumors say he wasn’t destined for a job upgrade or worse was squeezed out of the impending executive reshuffle being worked on by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer’s in charge of Xbox for now.

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