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Microsoft shutters Pioneer Studios

Microsoft announced today that it has closed Pioneer Studios, a small contingent studio in downtown Seattle it has operated for the past three years, stating it's part of "a broad consolidation of workspaces over the last 18 months." The company also confirmed "most employees" have been moved to...

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J Allard and Robbie Bach officially exit Microsoft

Xbox department head Robbie Bach and "Chief Experience Officer" J Allard (considered by some to be the father of the Xbox) will be ending employment with Microsoft this fall, according to an internal memo sent from company head Steve Ballmer and acquired by TechFlash. Allard will stay on in some fo...

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WSJ: Microsoft to announce 'major organizational changes' at Xbox division [Update: Bach goes, too]

Update: Welp, it's confirmed. J. Allard, along with Robbie Bach, have officially departed Microsoft. According to the Wall Street Journal, J Allard's rumored departure from Microsoft is only the beginning of the story. It's apparently part of a planned managerial shake-up at the company's Entert...

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Rumor: J Allard leaving Microsoft due to Courier cancellation

ZDNet reports that "a pretty reliable tipster" has informed them that J Allard, Chief Experience Officer of Microsoft and overseer of the development and launch of the Xbox 360, is "on sabbatical and is unlikely to return to Microsoft." According to the tipster, Allard was upset by the sudden, surr...

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J Allard's 'magic wand' patented ... years ago

Apparently Microsoft's J Allard is back in the gaming business, according to a two-year-old patent filed by Microsoft and released publicly this past week. Now a CTO at the company, Allard (along with a couple other folks) is credited on the patent for a motion-based controller from way back in Nove...

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J Allard to be Dr. J, but not the Dr. J you're thinking of

If no one else will volunteer, we'll be the ones to say it: We miss J Allard. If Microsoft ever needed a bald-by-choice, too-cool-for-the-room-as-long-as-that-room-is-at-E3 spokesperson, it's now. But if The Man in The Hoodie and Sports Coat is ever returned to us, we'll need to address him as Dr. J...

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J Allard gets an extreme new corporate title: CXO

The Xbox brand's shaved head daddy has just been graced with a corporate title change, one that's eXtra, eXtreme, eXciting! Mr. J Allard is now being referred to as Microsoft's CXO or Chief Experience Officer in charge of "technical architecture and user experiences related to products and services ...

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Allard envisions a shared Zune and 360 network

J Allard and Microsoft want to be the king, no scratch that, the iron fisted media ruler of your living room and they firmly believe that the way to throne is by integrating everything. In an interview with the New York Times Blog, Allard discusses Microsoft's plans to connect the Xbox 360 world wit...

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