With a quite a lot of hiccups up late within the news circles related to Microsoft, the company has made an important announcement regarding the makeover (or should I say a bit of alterations) of its Windows and Online Services business.
The release included the division of Platforms and Services Division (PSD) into two groups namely; Windows/Windows Live and Online Services and both of them asked to report to CEO Steve Ballmer. The announcement didn’t end up there but followed up with the confirmation of President PSD, Kevin Johnson’s exit from the company. This will take a bit of time until at least the transition is completed smoothly.
Steve Ballmer added up his comments in recognition of Kevin’s services to Microsoft saying:
Kevin has built a supremely talented organization and laid the foundation for the future success of Windows and our Online Services Business. This new structure will give us more agility and focus in two very competitive arenas, it has been a pleasure to work with Kevin, and we wish him well in the future.
However there has been an instruction to senior vice presidents, Jon DeVaan, Bill Veghte and Steven Sinofsky to report the CEO to lead Windows and Windows Live. The team at Windows had announced leaping annual sales with over 180 million copies of Vistas sold worldwide (not to forget the cheap tactics, calling their own product a history and ant like sales in China). As for the Online Services Business, Microsoft will be creating a new lead position, probing both internal and external candidates. Satya Nadella, SVP, will currently lead the Microsoft’ search, MSN and engineering efforts for the ad platform.
With over a 100 new deals reported in the Advertiser and Publisher solutions Group, SVP Brian McAndrews will continue leading it and focus on the display advertising opportunity for Microsoft.
Outgoing Kevin Johnson voiced his regards for Microsoft stating:
I have been so fortunate to have experienced 16 amazing years of building Microsoft’s business, learning from great leaders in the company and working with phenomenally talented people.
Ballmer was very optimistic and vocal about Microsoft’s showdown in every department adding:
We see tremendous opportunity in search and advertising, and we have a clear strategy for investing in success today and growth in the future.
Firing all cylinders, definitely, one can’t miss how Microsoft blamed the bankers and went as far as crying over the Yahoo/Google deal. I would give in credit for that statement by Ballmer. Microsoft sure does fire every cylinder.