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January 10, 2011

Microsoft Server and Tools boss Bob Muglia pushed out?

Posted by David Hunter at 2:44 PM ET.

Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business is out and it looks like he has been pushed:

Bob Muglia, head of servers and tools, is leaving Microsoft this summer.

In a memo to employees, Steve Ballmer says he’s conducting a search internally and externally for a replacement.

He also says, "I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB," which makes it seem like he’s tossing Muglia.

Server and tools is Microsoft’s third biggest businesses. It generated $4 billion in revenue last quarter.

Click through for the full text of Ballmer’s memo but here’s the pertinent clip:

The best time to think about change is when you are in a position of strength, and that’s where we are today with STB – leading the server business, successful with our developer tools, and poised to lead the rapidly emerging cloud future. Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles. Bob has been a phenomenal partner throughout this process, and he and his leadership team have the right strategy in place.

In conjunction with this leadership change, Bob has decided to leave Microsoft this summer.

Sounds like he was definitely pushed. I have often said that Server and Tools gets no respect at Microsoft while it has built success after success in a much more competitive environment than that facing the other Microsoft cash cows of Windows (client) and Office and this is apparently just more of the same. One surely has to wonder what Ballmer is thinking since there are numerous other areas in Microsoft that could really use a shakeup. Anyhow, Muglia gets to run the operation until a new leader is found and then bring him/her onboard before departing.

Filed under Bob Muglia, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, OS - Server, Steve Ballmer, Tools

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December 8, 2009

Microsoft combines Windows Server and Azure organizations

Posted by David Hunter at 8:19 PM ET.

Microsoft today announced that the Azure (cloud services) group is leaving Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie’s adtech team for the mainline product organization. Azure is being combined with the Windows Server & Solutions Group run by Bill Laing to form the Server & Cloud Division (SCD) under Senior Vice President Amitabh Srivastava reporting to Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business. If  your scorecard is getting a little crowded with all the crossouts and connecting lines, Mary Jo Foley persuaded a Microsoft spokesman to provide the current Server and Tools lineup:

1. Business Online Services Division (led by David Thompson) (*NOTE: development only)
2. Business Platform Division (led by Ted Kummert)
3. Developer Division (led by S. Somagasar)
4. Identity and Security Division (led by Lee Nackman)
5. Management and Services Division (led by Brad Anderson)
6. Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE, led by Walid Abu-Hadba)
7. Server and Tools Marketing Group (STMG, led by Robert Wahbe)
8. Server and Cloud Division (led by Amitabh Srivastava)

Filed under Amitabh Srivastava, Azure, Bill Laing, Bob Muglia, Cloud Computing, Executives, Microsoft, OS - Server

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July 22, 2009

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 released to manufacturing

Posted by David Hunter at 6:59 PM ET.

Microsoft today is celebrating the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc does the honors for Windows 7:

I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d!

As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.

Not only is RTM an important milestone for us – it’s also an important milestone for our partners. Today’s release is the result of hard work and collaboration with our partners in the industry to make Windows 7 a success. We delivered Windows 7 with a predictable feature set on a predictable timetable that allowed OEMs to focus on value and differentiation for their customers.

I’m sure everyone involved is breathing a big sigh of relief and hoping that Vista will soon be a dim memory. LeBlanc earlier this week detailed all the many ways to get Windows 7, but for most consumers it will be in stores and on PCs on October 22 and for large enterprises with volume license agreements, it will be available August 7 for System Assurance customers and September 1 for the remainder.

As for the RTM of Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s Oliver Rist provides the details:

The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We’re talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets.

With evaluation software available for download in the first half of August and the full product available to customers with Software Assurance in the second half of August, RTM is more than just an engineering milestone. Occurring in lock-step with the release of the Windows 7 RTM, these two platforms are now ready for our partners to start testing and installing on their hardware. And that lock-step isn’t a coincidence, it’s a design goal.

Follow the link for some feature highlights, but bear in mind that the R2 signifies that Windows Server 2008 R2 is a "minor" release. Still, it is Microsoft’s first 64-bit only Windows Server release, or for that matter first 64-bit only operating system.

Filed under Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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June 3, 2009

Microsoft says Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 to be available on October 22

Posted by David Hunter at 2:07 PM ET.

Microsoft today announced that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available ("generally" and "broadly" respectively) on October 22. The Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 7 will be in the latter part of July.

This means that the first time you can buy a new Windows 7 PC will be October 22 and while that date misses the back-to-school shoppers, there will be some unspecified upgrade program to hopefully bring them in:

“Microsoft has been working closely with partners to help our mutual customers be able to enjoy the many benefits of Windows 7,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re excited to say that there will be a Windows upgrade program available. Consumers can buy that new PC, whether for a student heading off to college or just because they need a new one, and know they’ll get Windows 7 as part of the deal.”

The actual start date for the program will be announced when it is ready for consumers, and partners are ready to provide details to customers.

I have a profound dislike for OS upgrades for general consumers, but it may serve as a modest inducement for the hesitant whether or not an upgrade is ever installed.

Filed under Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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