Microsoft reorganization: A quick look at who’s in charge now

Microsoft business reshuffling puts the spotlight on four execs

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.

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.

[BACKGROUND: Ballmer

unveils broad Microsoft reorganization

SECURITY: Microsoft:

Windows 8, Internet Explorer, Office, Visual Studio, Lync are all vulnerable]

The new groups are Operating Systems Engineering, Devices

and 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 (former

    Corporate Vice President of Windows Engineering);
  • Executive

    Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson (former corporate vice

    president Windows Mobile);
  • Executive Vice President of Applications and

    Services Qi Lu (former president

    of Microsoft Online Services);
  • Executive

    Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Satya Nadella (former president of the

    Server & Tools Business).

Larson-Green’s

previous role is trimmed back a bit, pulling away her responsibility for

Windows and limiting her to running Microsoft hardware programs and development

of 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.

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Julie Larson-Green

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 Surface

tablet. 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 7

and Windows 8. In the past Ballmer has praised her technical expertise, design

skills and communication abilities.

[MICROSOFT: Purges, personalities & pursuing other opportunities]

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Terry Myerson

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.

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Qi Lu

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.

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Satya Nadella

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, SQL

Server, Visual Studio, System Center and Windows Azure fall under his purview.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communicationsMostly Microsoft blog.tgreene@nww.com and@Tim_Greene.

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