Microsoft's IE chief shifts to new (unspecified) role

Microsoft's corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch, is taking on a new job at the company.

Mary Jo Foley
Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network.
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Dean Hachamovitch, the corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, is taking on a new role at Microsoft.

Hachamovitch is taking on a new job on a new, unspecified team after working on IE for the past nine years, he blogged on Monday.

"I'm changing roles at Microsoft, and excited to start a new team to take on something new," Hachamovitch said in his post.

I asked Microsoft executives if they're commenting on his next position or who will take his place heading up IE. A spokesperson said Microsoft execs had no comment beyond Hachamovitch's blog post, in which he noted he is leaving his post as corporate vice president of IE.

Hachomovitch's move isn't unexpected. Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft's new unified operating system division, is putting his own core team in place. The unified operating system engineering unit encompasses Windows Phone, Windows/IE, SkyDrive, and the Xbox One operating system.

In Myerson's new org, David Treadwell is the new head of program management; Mike Fortin is the new head of test; and Henry Sanders is the new head of development. Treadwell was most recently on Xbox; Fortin on Windows; and Sanders on Windows Phone.

Many of the Windows leaders who reported to Steven Sinofsky when he ran the Windows business up until a year ago have moved to other divisions or are seeking new positions (possibly in other parts of the company).

Microsoft is continuing to forge ahead with IE. Just last week, Microsoft made available the release-to-Web version of IE11 for Windows 7.

This story originally appeared as "Microsoft's IE chief to take on a new role" on ZDNet.