In a bid to keep the momentum going for its .NET initiative, Microsoft announced this week that it has created a new division within the company to coordinate the development and evangelism of .NET products and services. Dubbed the Developer and Platform Evangelism unit, it will be headed by Senior Vice President Eric Rudder, who will report to Group Vice President Jim Allchin in the Platforms Group.
"With Eric Rudder's leadership, the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division will create and deliver focused support to the millions of software developers around the globe who share a commitment to providing customers with high-performance, affordable and cutting-edge technologies--any time, any where and on any device," said Allchin. "Eric's technical expertise, leadership ability and experience working with developers and independent software vendors will ensure that the new division will play a fundamental role in advancing Microsoft's XML-based Web services strategy."
The Developer and Platform Evangelism Division will be responsible for coordinating the creation and deployment of .NET technology across all of the company's desktop and server products, and it will create developer tools such as Visual Studio .NET and disseminate information to third party developers through MSDN and other programs. Additionally, the division will be responsible for Microsoft's Web site.