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Microsoft executive changes, new direction for Windows Phone

Steve Ballmer moves things around at Microsoft

| Operating Systems News | Posted: Dec 14, 2011 12:48 pm

On Monday, Steve Ballmer made some interesting changes of leadership over at Microsoft. First up, leadership of the Windows Phone 7 team has been taken away from Andy Lees, who has been steering the WP7 ship for three years now.

 

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Terry Myerson, vice president and lead engineer will take his place. Lees has been moved to yield "maximum impact" of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 in 2012. "Maximum impact" is not clearly defined, so we don't know what Microsoft are hinting at here. It could be tighter integration between Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8, which is something I'm sure Microsoft are aiming at.

 

In Ballmer's memo, he notes that Myerson played a key and highly successful role working with Lees by leading the engineering work on Windows Phone 7 and 7.5. Myerson is now in control of Windows Phone development, marketing, and other business functions.

 

Both of these changes, according to Ballmer, take place immediately.

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Microsoft.com, Techspot.com

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