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Loyalty and hard work still pays off sometimes, folks. Phil Spencer, who has been with Microsoft since 1988, has again risen through the company’s ranks. After taking over as head of Xbox in 2015, Spencer helped guide Microsoft’s gaming interests past a rough Xbox One launch to again become competitive this latest console generation. Microsoft’s gaming division officially turned a corner recently when it saw its operating income increase by 34 percent last reporting period.

His new title is that of executive vice president of gaming and joins Microsoft’s senior leadership team as its 16th member. Spencer now reports directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Before the promotion, Spencer reported to Terry Myerson, who is also on the leadership team and serves as executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group. Spencer will likely still work closely with that group, as they share several resources.

Spencer thanked the fans for their support and tweeted that this was a “great show of commitment” by Microsoft to the gaming division, which at one point many believed might get spun off or sold. This would appear to be the final nail in the coffin for that idea.

This was only one of two moves this week by Microsoft, though, as they do a little internal reshuffling. Their Enterprise Mobility and Security team has now also been moved into the aforementioned Windows and Devices Group, likely to help with security features for all Windows 10 devices.

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Release dates for Quantum BreakSunset Overdrive, and the new Halo title may be revealed alongside unannounced exclusives during this year’s E3 briefing, according to tweets from Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

“We will have announces [sic] in 2014, already working on the plan,” Spencer said in response to fan queries over Twitter yesterday concerning Xbox One exclusives, spotted by OXM. “I want to have a great E3 this year.”

A more definitive statement came, however, after another fan then asked about release dates for the already announced exclusives Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, and the next chapter in the Halo series.

“Most of those will be clear to fans by the end of our E3 briefing,” Spencer replied.

So what could Microsoft have up its sleeve to wow gamers this year? Safe bets might include Crackdown 3 and a new project from Epic Games, but that’s just speculation on my part as of this point.

As for release dates, I think most will be shocked and disappointed if all three of those games (Halo 5, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive) don’t drop by the 2014 holiday season.

E3 2014 is being held once again this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 10 through June12. Microsoft’s E3 briefing is traditionally the day before the show officially starts, which would be June 9 this year.