The eventual successor of the former Xbox boss Don Mattrick will be announced in a matter of weeks, a new report claims.
Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of the sprawling Windows empire, is said to be considering a sweeping reorganisation of executive oversight, according to alleged inside sources speaking to Bloomberg.
One proposed outcome is that the current Windows chief Julie Larson-Green "would oversee hardware engineering for all devices, including Xbox gaming consoles and Surface tablets".
That would effectively make her the successor to Mattrick, who on Monday announced his surprise departure from Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division.
Key Xbox executives such as Yusuf Mehdi, Phil Spencer, Phil Harrison and Marc Whitten, are currently in charge of the Xbox One project.
A wider shuffle of the key executives at Microsoft is still being considered, the alleged inside sources claim.
"Don Mattrick had been a contender for the hardware post before he left the company to become CEO of Zynga," the report says.
This contradicts earlier reports which speculated Mattrick had left Microsoft because he had nowhere further to move.
The wider aim of the restructure is to realign the business to focus better on products and services, and Bloomberg states Ballmer could announce the reorganisation as early as next week.
Microsoft has officially confirmed an Xbox One release date window of November 2013 in 21 markets and a price of £429 / $499 / €499.