Another Reorganization for Microsoft's Windows Division

With Windows Vista complete and former Microsoft Copresident Jim Allchin out the door, Microsoft is embarking on yet another dramatic reorganization of its Windows Division. The company hopes to ship upcoming Windows versions much faster than it did Vista, which suffered numerous delays during its five-year development.

As part of the reorganization, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Bill Veghte will now be in charge of the new Windows Business Group and report to Steven Sinofsky, who manages the entire Windows Division. Sinofsky will continue to report to Kevin Johnson, Allchin's replacement, who oversees Windows and Windows Live, Microsoft's flailing online services business.

Under the new organization, the Windows Business Group is divided into four groups, and several well-known Microsoft executives will now report to Veghte. Mike Nash, formerly the head of Microsoft's Security Technology Unit, will be in charge of product development in the Windows Product Management Group. Will Poole, formerly in charge of consumer Windows products, will head up the marketing for emerging markets in the Market Expansion Group. Joe Peterson, formerly of the Market Expansion Group, will head up Microsoft's online distribution efforts (i.e., Windows Marketplace) and the Windows Genuine antipiracy program in the Windows Software Protection and Commerce Group. Michael Sievert will continue to lead Windows Client Marketing. Meanwhile, Brad Goldberg, formerly a general manager of product management in the Windows Division, is leaving the Windows Division for an unspecified role elsewhere in the company.

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