In a sweeping corporate reorganization to focus on the company's shift from a software provider to a products and services business, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced changes to his executive team to support a new structure that divides the company into four divisions.
The new groups are Operating Systems Engineering, Devicesand Studios Engineering, Applications and Services Engineering and Cloud and Enterprise Engineering.
Heading up these groups are:
- Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios Julie Larson-Green (formerCorporate Vice President of Windows Engineering);
- ExecutiveVice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson (former corporate vicepresident Windows Mobile);
- Executive Vice President of Applications andServices Qi Lu (former presidentof Microsoft Online Services);
- ExecutiveVice President, Cloud and Enterprise Satya Nadella (former president of theServer & Tools Business).
Larson-Green'sprevious role is trimmed back a bit, pulling away her responsibility for Windows and limiting her to running Microsoft hardware programs and developmentof games. That means she'll head up the Surface tablets and Xbox, filling the void left by Don Mattrick when he left Microsoft last week to head up Zynga.
Last fall Larson-Green was vice president of program management for the Windows experience when then-president of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky quit right after launching Windows 8 and introducing Microsoft's Surfacetablet. In the aftermath, she was promoted to head up Windows Engineering.
Until then her experience had been all in software, having worked on the user experience for Internet Explorer and managing programs, UI design and R and D for Windows 7and Windows 8. In the past Ballmer has praised her technical expertise, design skills and communication abilities.
Myerson's shift to head up engineering of operating systems gives him authority over not just Windows Phone but also Windows 8, which could help advance Microsoft's goal of making it easier to write applications that run on both platforms. He is also in charge of operating systems for Xbox.
He led the Microsoft Exchange team for eight years before running the Windows Phone division.
Lu is very important to business customers as his job puts him in charge of research and development for Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype,Bing, Bing Apps, and MSN. He also heads up the Advertising Platforms and Business group.
His previous responsibility was for search, portal and online advertising efforts, which included Bing. Before coming to Microsoft he worked for 10 years at Yahoo,where he also worked on search and advertising.
Nadella's role remains pretty much the same, building and running the company's computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. He deals closely with developers and promotes Microsoft's concept of the Cloud OS a blend of Windows Server and Windows Azure cloud services to provide flexible cloud resources and support hybrid clouds.
Windows Server, SQLServer, Visual Studio, System Center and Windows Azure fall under his purview.
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