Further shakeups in Microsoft management as execs Bates and Reller depart

Microsoft is set to receive a further shakeup amongst its executive employees, after rumours surfaced online that Vice presidents Tony Bates and Tami Reller will be bowing out of the company.

Recode cited "numerous sources close to the situation" with providing the tipoff that comes just a month after Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its new CEO. Steve Ballmer had previously held the post, before departing at a tearful farewell event replete with Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

For Bates and Reller, however, no word has been given on where they might be headed. Bates has been serving as Microsoft's business development and evangelism whilst Reller has headed up the company's marketing division.

Bates first keep to Microsoft after it acquired Skype back in 2011 for $8.5 billion (£6.1 billion). His old position as CEO of Skype set him up as a rumoured candidate for consideration for the Microsoft CEO post before it was filled by Nadella.

In the meantime, the reports claim that Bates' duties will be handled by Eric Rudder, Microsoft's overseer of advanced strategy, while Reller will be replaced by marketing executive Chris Capossela.

The news also comes hot on the heels of an announcement that Julie Larson-Green would be stepping aside as leader of Micrsoft's hardware development to join the My Life & Work team inside the Applications and Services group.