Raikes: Whats Next for the Microsoft Office Unit?
With former Office engineering lead Steven Sinofsky going to Windows, what's the Office unit planning to do? Microsoft Business Division President Jeff Raikes talks futures. (Microsoft Watch)DALLASWhile Microsofts Office team will miss Office development chief Senior Vice President Steven Sinofsky, the unit wont go astray without its head taskmaster. Microsoft Business Division Jeff Raikeswho addressed the 7,000 Microsoft customers and partners attending the companys Convergence conference here on March 26told Microsoft Watch that he expects to announce Sinofskys successor some time "in the next few months." While Raikes wouldnt name names, the new Office chief will come from inside Microsoft, he said. Raikes is working hand-in-hand with Sinofsky on insuring a smooth transition, he said. He added that he has been discussing with Sinofsky for over a year on what Sinofskys next assignment inside the company would be.
Raikes also bristled at characterization of Office 2007 as running late. Late last week, Microsoft officials acknowledged that the company is