Microsoft Restructures MSN Division

This week, Microsoft announced it will restructure its MSN online service so that the company can better take advantage of search and music services, which are expected to present important growth opportunities in the future. The restructuring, which will take place by the end of the year, will split the MSN division into two units. Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi will take over the search, advertising, and entertainment (music services and broadband Internet) businesses, while Corporate Vice President Blake Irving will oversee the communications business, which includes Hotmail, dial-up Internet access, and MSN Messenger. In December, Microsoft will unveil MSN 9, which features new spam filtering and pop-up-ad blocking, firewall software, and new parental controls; Microsoft says it will time the split to occur when this software is released.

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