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Microsoft merges Platform Group units

Microsoft has merged its Windows servers, developers and storage units.

Microsoft has merged its Windows servers, developers and storage units.

The Developer and Platform Evangelism, Windows Server System and Enterprise Storage and Management units, part of the Platforms Group, will be combined.

Eric Rudder, the Microsoft senior vice-president of the Developer and Platform Evangelism unit, will lead the merged units. The combination should abolish overlap in development and allow a more centralised focus in business and marketing functions.

Paul Flessner, the senior vice-president of the Windows Server Business, will manage engineering on SQL Server, Exchange and at Microsoft's eBusiness divisions. Bob Muglia will remain in charge of storage.

"This is a significant change in Microsoft's server business, essentially replacing Flessner, who has co-run the business with Rudder, with Rudder alone," said Robert Helm, a research director at Directions on Microsoft, an independent research company.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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