Another round of musical chairs at Microsoft. This time it’s the Platforms and Services Division. The company says these changes are “further refinements” of the major shakeup last fall when its seven business units were consolidated to three.
In Windows and Windows Live Engineering, headed by Steven Sinofsky, nine executives were named to lead development of the group’s priorities:
— Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president, Windows Experience program management
— Grant George, corporate vice president, Windows Experience Test
— Ales Holecek, director, Windows Experience development
— Chris Jones, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience program management (when he’s done with Windows Vista)
— Steve Liffick, corporate vice president, Windows Live Experience development
— Arthur De Haan, director, Windows Live Experience Test
— Dean Hachamovitch, general manager, Internet Explorer (status quo)
— Christopher Payne, corporate vice president, Windows Live Search (status quo)
— Gary Flake, technical fellow, Live Labs (status quo)
Wait, there’s more.
The Consumer Media Technology Group, a new team headed by Amir Majidimehr, is joining the Mobile and Embeded Devices and Communications Sector group. The CMT (that’s not Country Music Television) will look for new opportunities in digital rights management for mobile operators and push Microsoft digital media in entertainment devices.
For those keeping score, that brings four business lines under the Mobile and Embeded Devices and Communications Sector group: Windows Mobile, Windows Embedded, Communications Sector, and now CMT.