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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...

May 21st 2011 at 2:30am 0 Comments
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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...

May 25th 2010 at 12:15pm 0 Comments
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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...

May 23rd 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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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...

May 20th 2009 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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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...

May 4th 2009 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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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 o...

June 30th 2008 at 2:15pm 0 Comments
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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 with...

November 19th 2007 at 11:30am 0 Comments