Despite the upcoming retirement of Robbie Bach and J Allard, the two founding fathers of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division, Steve Ballmer insists there isn’t any discord behind closed doors regarding the company’s mobile and game console strategies.

"Robbie Bach’s been thinking about the possibility of retiring and spending more time with his family. He and I talked about whether we should go ahead and announce that now or wait until after Christmas," said Ballmer.

Back is to retire from Microsoft later this year, the company announced on Tuesday. His retirement comes at a time when Microsoft is getting ready to release Project Natal, Microsoft’s answer to motion-sensor gaming.