Microsoft reorg: More pieces fall into place

Microsoft officials are continuing to tweak the reporting structure inside the company, a few months after management announced a corporate-wide reorg.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

As the year rolls on, more pieces are falling into place with Microsoft's latest reorg, announced in mid-July.


In an attempt to better reflect its new devices and services mission, Microsoft management reorganized the company around four new engineering divisions, as well as a few centralized ones like marketing, legal and human resources.

Since then, the top brass have been filling out their team rosters and adjusting things by moving teams to where they better fit in the new Microsoft world order.

Here are a couple of new assignments/reassignments that have happened since the initial reorg announcement, confirmed by sources of mine close to the company:

The Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. (Windows Server, however, still is not and remains part of the Enterprise and Cloud organization.) It always seemed odd to me that Embedded was moved to Server & Tools back in 2010. Now it's back in its more rightful place, if you ask me.

The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Specifically, they are part of the Outlook team in that group. I'm hearing this could result -- at some point -- in the Windows Mail and Calendar apps, which were built by the Windows 8 team, being replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. The thinking? Fewer mail clients means less confusion. I vote yes, even though the Windows Mail client got a lot better with Windows 8.1. Update: If and when this happens, Outlook will have to become a Metro-Style/Windows Store app, I'd think. Right now, it's a Desktop app (even on Windows RT).

The software side of the Perceptive Pixel team is now part of the unified operating system group, as well. (The hardware side is most likely in the Devices team.) Microsoft bought Perceptive Pixel, a maker of large, multi-touch displays bck in 2012. While we've seen these devices featured in numerous demos, we've heard little about it since. Last I heard, Microsoft had some Perceptive Pixel software updates coming in April 2014.

Microsoft officials aren't commenting on internal management changes happening at the company, a spokesperson said.

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