Microsoft has shuffled its management pack again, this time changing the team in its important Platform and Services division.
As part of the changes, top Windows engineer and executive Brian Valentine is moving to another unspecified role in the company, once Windows Vista is commercially available early next year.
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Microsoft said the changes were designed to sharpen its technology focus and improve its response to customers. The company is making the changes after further delays to Vista and other important products.
This is at least the third major management reshuffle at Microsoft this year.
Valentine, senior vice-president of the Windows Core Operating System Division (COSD), will move into another role at the company once Vista arrives.
Jon DeVaan, senior vice-president of engineering excellence, has joined the platform division as senior vice-president of engineering. He will also be co-leader in COSD with Valentine.
DeVaan will lead Windows development and cross-platform integration. He will also work closely with Steven Sinofsky, the newly appointed head of the Windows division, on products and services that follow Windows Vista.
Gary Flake, who heads up Microsoft's Live Labs, is moving along with his team to the platform division. They will continue to focus on research projects and developing online services. Flake’s team will report to Ray Ozzie, who leads Microsoft’s online and web services efforts.
In addition, Dave Cutler, a senior technical fellow, and Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice-president of COSD, will work with Ozzie on developing Live products and services.
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