Former Microsoft Visio Execs Regroup
Newly hatched 'Graw Group' is developing social-networking software and Web services for .Net and Longhorn.Four former Microsoft Corp. executives have banded together to form a new company that is developing social-networking software and Web services that will build on top of .Net and Microsofts forthcoming Longhorn Windows operating system. The new venture, The Graw Group, officially launched in October 2003. The principals behind Graw include Jeremy Jaech and Ted Johnson, the co-founders of Visio. Visio is the business drawing/diagramming software vendor that Microsoft acquired in 2000. Microsoft currently offers Visio Standard and Professional packages as part of its Office System family of products.
Johnson was corporate vice president in charge of Microsofts Business Tools division until he quietly retired from the company in August 2003. Business Toolswhich encompassed Visio, Project and MapPoint, and was part of Microsofts information worker business unitwas disbanded around the time of Johnsons departure. The Business Tools products were reassigned to new subgroups.