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Guard"> Can you tell me more about the roles that you and Kevin Johnson currently play as co-presidents of Microsofts Platform Products and Services Division? Well, were operating jointly. We spent a lot of time together at first, and we keep each other informed of exactly what were doing. We are in the middle of a transition, obviously, and Kevin is taking responsibility for more of the business functions that are going on. So, setting up the revenue for fiscal year 2007 and the planning of expenses. He owns all of that and is spending the majority of his time also, from a product group level, with the Windows Live and MSN teams. He is also responsible for setting up organizational changes for the future.To read more about the possible future changes at Microsoft, click here.Where Im spending my time is first and foremost on Windows Vista, second on overall technology, pushing ahead on a set of core technologies that we need beyond what Windows Vista is and then also on the overall strategy for things, like anything in the legal space, as I unfortunately have such a deep background in that area. But you should understand that we are operating as a complete pair right now and over time he will pick up even more. Is this a deliberate move away from having a technical person in charge [Allchin] to a more business, sales and marketing focused leader [Johnson]? Well, my opinion is that Kevin is just a great leader and that is why I was so excited to be able to work with him. As we move ahead, many of the challenges we face will be tricky business model tradeoffs, and leading large organizations down particular paths, and Kevin is such a great guy at doing that. So Im thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him and I think he will be an outstanding leader for this organization. Is the plan to have Johnson assume a more technological role down the line? I think that with the current path we will surround him with technologists, very strong. I dont know how you think about Bob Muglia [Microsofts senior vice president of Server and Tools], but I think of him as this awesome guy who can bridge the business and technical and any other worlds. I think of Kevin in that same light. Next Page: Weighing technology vs. business acumen.