Microsoft today announced a minor restructuring to help it craft
a new generation of Internet-based software and services.
The company said it has merged its Windows operating system and
software developer divisions as part of its revised Web focus.
The combined entity will meld Microsoft's operating system
division with a unit that makes an array of e-commerce software
products, a spokeswoman
said. The software developer division includes Microsoft's popular Visual
Studio tools and the SQL Server database software.
Today's announcement may be part of Microsoft's strategy to preserve Windows as the
dominant operating system in the market, as computing begins to move away
from desktop computers and toward more Internet-based alternatives, such as
wireless devices. The company announced the
new strategy, dubbed "Next Generation Windows Services," in January.
Microsoft is facing new challenges from Web-based devices, alternative
operating systems such as Linux, and alternative programming models that
use the Java programming language.
The software giant today said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Windows
division, and Paul Maritz, group vice president of the developer division,
will work together in the new division. Maritz will be in charge of
strategizing and planning, and Allchin will oversee the building of
With the reorganization, the Microsoft spokeswoman said the company will
have three divisions. The other two divisions are consumer products and a
business products division that includes the Windows CE operating system and the Microsoft Office software suite.
The company also formed new groups within the divisions called "Solutions
Groups" that will focus on making sure customers' needs are met. The groups
will work with the marketing and product groups within the divisions, the
Microsoft also created an umbrella marketing group that will focus on
the company's marketing and public relations. Mich Mathews, formerly
Microsoft's vice president of corporate communications, will run the new