Microsoft Shuffles the Longhorn Management Deck

Chris Jones, one of Microsoft's Windows all-stars, is back on the Windows client team. His mission? To get the next version of Windows out the door.

As part of its ongoing push to get Longhorn out the door, Microsoft is shuffling its Windows client management deck, according to sources close to the company.

In the latest reorg, Joe Peterson, vice president of Windows product development, is being removed from day-to-day Longhorn product responsibilities.

He will be replaced by Chris Jones, who has been serving as corporate vice president in the COSD (Core Operating Systems Division,) according to sources claiming familiarity with Microsofts strategy.

Jones, a 14-year Microsoft veteran, is no stranger to the Windows product side of the house.

Before joining COSD—the central Windows organization formed a year and a half ago—Jones was a vice president with the Windows client group before and helped deliver Windows XP to market. He also was a manger on the Internet Explorer team, where he was key in getting IE 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 out the door.

Microsoft officials declined to comment on the changes, other than to confirm that Jones will be moving back to the Windows client team. Officials would not say when the change would take effect or how long Jones would remain in that role.

Peterson also did not return a request for comment.

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