Zander's new title -- which Microsoft acknowledged in mid-August, will be Corporate Vice President of Development. (At the time Microsoft officials acknowledged his title, it wasn't known or mentioned that Zander would be moving from DevDiv to Azure.)
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed Zander will be working on Azure, but didn't offer any additional particulars.
“With Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 now available and as we begin to work on future versions of Visual Studio and offerings, this is the right time to make organizational changes," said the spokesperson via an e-mailed statement. "As part of the recent STB (Server and Tools Business) organizational changes, Jason Zander effectively began his transition to a new role leading the Windows Azure development team. He’ll continue to be a member of Satya Nadella’s STB leadership team in the role of CVP, Development, Windows Azure. The DevDiv organization will continue to be led by S Somasegar.”
Zander has been with Microsoft since 1992. He no longer has a publicly facing Microsoft bio page, as Microsoft began removing bio pages of all but its most senior executives from its Web site in April of this year.
What's behind Zander's move? Many Microsoft employees switch teams after a major new product is released. But this move, according to one of my contacts, was more about Microsoft's new favored organizational structure than anything else.
Just like Windows client, Office and Windows Server & Cloud, the Developer Division is being restructured so that three Corporate Vice Presidents report up to a single high-level leader.
Developer Division has been forced to go to "the triad (dev, test and PM) and Zander was running all of those for Visual Studio," said the contact, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Hence his move to another role on a different team.