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Microsoft Makes Major Reorg, Allchin To Retire

Microsoft is shaking up its structure again, naming presidents to head three major business groups. The Platform, Products and Services group will be led by Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin.

However Allchin, a respected veteran who came aboard to drive the Windows business from Banyan Systems, will retire next year after the Vista client ships, Microsoft confirmed.

Sources say Allchin's decision to leave helped drive the reorg.

The reconsituted platforms group will now comprise not only the Windows client and server, tools but MSN as well with David Cole reporting into Allchin and Johnson, according to a memo sent by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to employees and reporters.

The Microsoft Business Division, boasting both the Office juggernaut and the business ERP applications, will be led by Jeff Raikes as president. Doug Burgum will report to Raikes.

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