MS denies major reorganisation imminent

Reports that Microsoft will be reorganised around consumers or the Internet are premature, say Microsoft spokespeople. Microsoft typically examines its organisational structure on an annual basis, and it has been around a year since the last reorganisation. Several sources have recently reported that former Microsoft executive Brad Silverberg might rejoin the company to head up a new consumer or Internet division.

Reports that Microsoft will be reorganised around consumers or the Internet are premature, say Microsoft spokespeople.

Microsoft typically examines its organisational structure on an annual basis, and it has been around a year since the last reorganisation, but "there is no large scale reorganisation underway," said Nina Bondarook, a spokeswoman with the company's external public relations agency.

The last reorganisation resulted in Microsoft's current structure of four divisions: the personal and business systems group, the applications and tools group, the information appliance division, and the interactive media group, Bondarook said.

Several sources, including The Seattle (Washington) Times, have recently reported that former Microsoft executive Brad Silverberg might rejoin the company to head up a new consumer or Internet division. Silverberg and Microsoft have discussed the position of head of Microsoft's interactive media group, but other candidates have been interviewed as well, according to Marianne Allison, also with the Waggener-Edstrom public relations firm. That post was vacated by Pete Higgins, who went on leave Dec. 31 with the intention of returning to the company in another position, she said.

The top spot in the interactive media group "may be expanded depending on the candidate," but it is too soon to say what will happen, Allison said.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080 or at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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