Rumour: J Allard could return to Microsoft
People familiar with Xbox history know that J. Allard was well liked and viewed by many as the "Father of the Xbox". Last week All Things D reported that there’s a major Microsoft reorg in the works. It seems like J. Allard (if he’s willing) could easily take the helm of the Xbox One and help fix the E3 aftermath.
On Windows Weekly ep. 315 (at the 1:44:13 mark) Mary Jo Foley shared a rumor that J. Allard might be making a return to Microsoft.
A popular sentiment towards Microsoft and its approach to the Xbox One is that the company is disconnected, notwithstanding their recent policy changes. Gamertag Radio posted "An Open Letter to Don Mattrick" and attached interviews with old Xbox execs that exhibited the contrary; Microsoft seemed genuinely engaged with the community. After listening to Allard’s interviews, I get the feeling his enthusiasm and sincerity towards core gamers could be the change the Xbox One needs.
This would be so crazy for J to come back. Last I remember, he went to his friend's company to help design hiking backpacks, or something.
So, J. i don't even know where J. Allard fits in this new Microsoft. But by putting Julie Larson Green at the head of MS new-found hardware division, it sounds like they're literally trying to shove their way to the Xbox mentality of old. 2001, and so on.
I could see J Allard as a very good spokesperson for Xbox, but I don't know what his official title would be. Allard and Green could make a very good team, at least.