Microsofts Servers Unit Rudder-Less

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-11-07 Print this article Print

Microsoft Corp.'s Servers and Tools division is now Rudder-less, but that does not mean it is without direction.

Microsoft Corp.s Servers and Tools division is now Rudder-less, but that does not mean it is without direction.

Microsoft has announced more fallout from its recent reorganization, this time naming company veteran Bob Muglia as the replacement to Eric Rudder as senior vice president of the Servers and Tools division. Rudder has received rave reviews from peers for having set the tone that many expect Muglia to follow for the division.

In September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the companys reorganization into three divisions and, as part of the changes, announced that Rudder, who had been running the server and tools business, would instead report to Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on setting the companys overall technical vision.

Late last month, Microsoft said Muglia would take over Servers and Tools, reporting to Jim Allchin, co-president of the Platform Products & Services division at the Redmond, Wash., company.

Sources said that upon hearing the news of Muglias elevation, Rudders reaction was less than positive despite his new position being viewed by many as possibly a period of preparation to succeed Gates in setting the companys technology vision.

Muglia is no stranger to the tools business. He helped develop the Visual Studio family, among other accomplishments.

Some developers were indifferent about the move.

Mike Sax, president and founder of Sax Software Corp., in Eugene, Ore., said, "I think hes been in this area before in some shape or form, so Im sure hell do a good job."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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