Microsoft shuffles Web duties

Microsoft has shuffled some Web product responsibilities among its top executives, in order to better integrate its products, company officials have announced.

Microsoft has shuffled some Web product responsibilities among its top executives, in order to better integrate its products, company officials have announced.

"Customers have said, 'We would like greater integration between all of Microsoft's various products," says Claire Lematta, a Microsoft spokeswoman. "This is a way to create a structure that will allow those kinds of technical challenges to be met."

The company has also formed a new executive committee to replace its office of the president, adding senior vice-presidents Jim Allchin and Brad Silverberg to the top-level management team.

Allchin, previously head of the desktop and business systems division, will now head up the personal and business systems group, Lematta says. In addition to his earlier responsibilities for the Windows family of operating systems and the Back Office server suite, Allchin will oversee Microsoft's Commercial Internet System (formerly code-named Normandy) and Merchant Server as part of the server applications division. The Commercial Internet System, Microsoft's server bundle for Internet service providers, and Merchant Server were formerly under Silverberg's oversight.

Silverberg, formerly responsible for the Internet platform and tools division, will now head the Internet client and applications group, Lematta says. His responsibilities include the desktop applications division, the Internet client and collaboration division, the tools division, the Web authoring product unit and developer relations.

Other members of the executive committee include Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and CEO; Steve Balmer, executive vice-president, sales and marketing; Bob Herbold, executive vice-president and COO; Pete Higgins, group vice-president, interactive media group; Paul Maritz, group vice-president for applications and systems; Nathan Myhrvold, chief technical officer; and Jeff Raikes, group vice-president, sales and marketing.

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