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July 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Meet Peter Lee, innovation instigator who’s shaking things up at Microsoft Research

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 10, 2014.]

Peter Lee’s mission at Microsoft is to think big, think far and think unconventionally — and to get others to do the same.

As head of Microsoft Research (MSR), Lee is shaking things up at one of the largest computer-science research organizations in the world. Its researchers’ work has been incorporated into just about every company product, from Azure to Xbox, Bing to Windows.

But the division has also taken criticism for not helping Microsoft innovate enough, allowing companies with smaller research and development budgets, such as Apple and Google, to leap ahead in crucial areas.

Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Research, outside his office in Building 99 on Microsoft's campus. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Research, outside his office in Building 99 on Microsoft’s campus. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

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May 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Meet Joe Belfiore and David Treadwell — two execs central to the “One Microsoft” effort

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times May 29, 2014.]

For years, Joe Belfiore and David Treadwell waged their own separate battles at Microsoft, with Belfiore helping to lead the upstart Windows Phone division and Treadwell heading Xbox software and services engineering.

But last month at Build, Microsoft’s annual developers conference, they shared the spotlight — a sign that their teams, and the company as a whole, are increasingly marching to the “One Microsoft” tune.

David Treadwell, left, and Joe Belfiore are corporate vice presidents in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group. Both have been fascinated by computers since they were young: "I just wanted to play with the computer," Belfiore said. Treadwell liked working on his grandfather's TRS-80. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

David Treadwell, left, and Joe Belfiore are corporate vice presidents in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Both have been fascinated by computers since they were young: “I just wanted to play with the computer,” Belfiore said. Treadwell liked working on his grandfather’s TRS-80. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

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October 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

PR firm Waggener Edstrom lays off 5 percent of staff partly due to Microsoft reorg

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of Microsoft’s main public relations agencies, has laid off 43 employees — about 5 percent of its worldwide workforce — a result in part to Microsoft’s recent companywide reorganization. Most of the employees affected work  in Waggener Edstrom’s Seattle and Portland offices. Microsoft is one of Waggener Edstrom’s biggest clients. As part of a…

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September 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Microsoft holding financial analysts meeting this afternoon

Update 8:53 p.m.: Here’s my story, running in tomorrow’s print edition of The Seattle Times, on the financial analysts meeting.

In the story, I refer to a slide that CEO Steve Ballmer showed, comparing Microsoft’s profits and other financials with those of other tech companies, including Apple and Google. Here’s that slide:

fam-MSvsOtherCos

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July 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Ballmer talks reorg, stack ranking

[In case you missed it, here's a one-on-one interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that ran in the print edition of The Seattle Times on July 14, 2013.] On Thursday, CEO Steve Ballmer announced one of Microsoft’s most sweeping reorganization in years, designed to increase collaboration and speed of innovation as the company transitions into…

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July 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

The Microsoft reorg: a lot will depend on the execution

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 12, 2013.] When CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft’s most sweeping reorganization in years Thursday, he said it was to make the company faster-paced and more collaborative — all the better to advance his vision of turning the software giant into a devices-and-services…

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July 11, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Microsoft announces sweeping reorganization [updated]

CEO Steve Ballmer (Photo from Microsoft)

CEO Steve Ballmer (Photo from Microsoft)

Update 12:56 p.m.:

In a conference call with reporters and analysts, Microsoft leaders offered more insight into the restructuring. Here are some highlights;

CEO Steve Ballmer said “we have no plans for layoffs” in the restructuring.

CFO Amy Hood said the new structure should not lead people to think that there will be less financial accountability. She said the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings report next week will follow the old financial reporting structure.

But then, moving foward, “as we go through the reorganization and realignment, we’ll investigate any needed changes over time,” Hood said.

From earlier:

In a sweeping reorganization designed to further Microsoft’s transformation into a devices-and-services company, CEO Steve Ballmer today realigned the company according to function, cutting in half the number of product divisions and centralizing other services such as marketing, finance and business development.

The company will now be organized around the functions of: engineering (including supply chain and datacenters), marketing, business development and evangelism, advanced strategy and research, finance, human resources, legal, and COO areas (including field, support, commercial operations and IT).

Within engineering, the four groups are: Operating Systems, Applications and Services, Cloud and Enterprise, Devices and Studios.

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July 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Larson-Green to head Xbox and Surface; Bates to head acquisitions? (Report)

Could Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put Julie Larson-Green in charge of all hardware engineering for the company, including Xbox and Surface, and Skype President Tony Bates in charge of acquisitions and developer relations? That’s apparently what Ballmer is considering, according to a Bloomberg News report on the reorganization being considered at Microsoft. The restructuring has not…

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