Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky

Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky

Summary: Microsoft still hasn't gone public with rumored layoffs that many are expecting to happen in the next week or so. But it is doing what many expected: Rejiggering groups within various organizations as a way to tighten up the company. This week's example: Microsoft this week moved the Live Mesh team under the Windows and Windows Live engineering unit.

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Microsoft still hasn't gone public with rumored layoffs that many are expecting to happen in the next week or so. But it is doing what many expected: Rejiggering groups within various organizations as a way to tighten up the company.

This week's example: Microsoft this week moved the Live Mesh team under the Windows and Windows Live engineering unit.

Live Mesh is Microsoft's cross-platform synchronization and collaboration service that is currently in beta.

I asked Microsoft whether a tip I received that David Treadwell and his Live Services Platform team are no longer under Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and received the following statement from a company spokesperson:

"The Windows Live, Live Services Platform, and Live Mesh teams will now be a part of the unified Windows Live organization under Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering.  David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President, Live Services Platform, will now report to Sinofsky and will continue his work on the Live Services Platform."

Sinofsky already owned Windows engineering prior to this move. The main change here is that Live Mesh is now part of Sinofsky's org as well.

The spokesperson said there were no layoffs as a result of the move and that the change takes effect immediately.

According to Treadwell's bio on the Microsoft site, the Live Services Platform team is charged with "defining and implementing the next generation of platform services that all Microsoft service-enabled applications and sites will use. These services include unified identity and directory, data synchronization, transport and presence, among others."

(Live Services are part of Microsoft's Azure platform. They are the layer of services that sit atop the Azure "Red Dog" operating system. Microsoft is retooling its own hosted services to run on top of the Azure platform, and is opening up the Azure platform to third-part developers.)

I've been wondering when and/or whether Microsoft plans at some point to make Live Mesh part of Windows -- or at least part of the next version of the Live Essentials suite of services that is meant to "extend" Windows with services like Messenger,  Mai, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, etc. Maybe my answer is "sooner rather than later."

What do you make of Microsoft's Live Mesh org-chart moves?

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Good Move

    Sinofsky seems to be more pragmatic and focused in the products he releases. Ozzie on the other hand has his head to high up in the cloud (so to speak). Most of his ideas never seem to find their niche and just die off.

    Live Mesh is an awesome product and I think Sinofsky will make it even better.
    mikefarinha
  • RE: Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky

    This a very good new.
    Sinofsky seems to be the most impressive Microsoft manager nowadays and a true joker for Microsoft.
    What he has achieved with both Office 2007 and Windows 7 is simply stunning.
    Office has been the first Office edition i was pleased to buy since at least MS Office 2000.
    And even if i like Vista, i simply love Windows 7 despites i have been using it for a few days.
    I expect him to help Windows Live reachs its full potential and this on time.
    timiteh
    • Completely agree.

      I completely agree, it seems if Microsoft manages to find the critical path forward they'll have Sinofsky to thank for actually navigating it. Top-notch leadership stands out in the products that are released.
      cingles
  • RE: Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky

    great news. Looking forward to seeing Live mesh features in Windows 7 SP1!
    jamiet
  • What is Mary Jo's OBSESSION with Microsoft possible job cuts?

    Not one shread of truth or a credible 'source' to the supposed 'rumours' that Microsoft will lay off staff and yet MJ still keeps trying to flog the dead horse and say it will be so?

    Go back to a previous economic crisis and see what Microsoft's track record was - that should be your source.
    Martin_Australia
  • RE: Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky

    It's no secret that Live Mesh becomes part of Windows Live in the next major release (Wave 4) and thus in Windows 7 (interview with David Treadwell in October 2008 on PDC: http://www.liveside.net/main/archive/2008/10/28/david-treadwell-at-pdc-live-mesh-to-join-windows-live.aspx).
    MatJa
  • RE: Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky

    Here's an interesting discussion in the MS Live Framework MSDN developer forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/liveframework/thread/1b803f3f-4fc4-489c-9b65-17c669b5bb01

    Michael Herman
    Parallelspace Corporation
    mwherman@...
  • Ready to come out of beta

    I read this move as a good thing. The group that reports directly to Ray Ozzie seems to work on highly experimental/novel technologies. (Hopefully, this will free up some innovation talent to work on other cool new stuff.)

    This move appears to show that Mesh has been deemed ready for primetime. It's likely that Sinofsky will help them fine tune client based software, put infrastructure in-place, and perhaps integrate Live Mesh more tightly with other Microsoft Live offerings. (I would love to see Mesh and Windows Live SkyDrive work more seamlessly.)

    I would bet that the next six months will be spent fine-tuning and integrating with SkyDrive, Spaces, and others. We will probably see a non-beta launch sometime in June or July (just in time for whatever big MS conference is next).
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