The software giant said it is restructuring the group to sharpen its technology vision and bolster its response to customers. The changes come amid worries about. The next version of Windows is now slated for release in early 2007.
As part of the executive changes, Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Core Operating System Division (COSD), will transition to a new role in another area of the company. He has worked in Windows for the past seven years.
Jon DeVaan, senior vice president of engineering excellence, is immediately joining the platform division as senior vice president of engineering. He will also serve as co-lead on COSD with Valentine. In his new role, DeVaan will lead Windows operating system development and cross-platform integration, and work closely with, on products and services that will follow Vista.
, and the labs team will immediately move to the platform division, where they will continue to focus on research projects and developing online services. His team will report to .
Dave Cutler, a senior technical fellow, and Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice president of COSD, will work directly with Ozzie on developing Live products and services after Vista is released into manufacturing.
The move is the latest by Microsoft as it continues to reshape its Windows management team. The reorganization started in earnest last fall, when Jim Allchin, one of the company's most senior executives and the driving force behind Windows management and development, said hefollowing the shipment of Vista.