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Microsoft Promotes Bob Muglia to President of Server and Tools

Bob Muglia, a Microsoft veteran of 21 years, has been named to the newly created position of president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division.

Bob Muglia, a Microsoft veteran of 21 years, has been named president of Microsoft's Server and Tools (S&T) Division, a position newly created by the software giant. He previously served as senior vice president of the same division.

Muglia, a 49-year-old R&D specialist, has been with Microsoft since January of 1988. He is credited with "managing the development" of several key business units that produced the Microsoft Office suite, Windows Server solutions, the MSN network and various devices.

"I've done a lot of different things in the R&D side. I've never done games. But other than games, I think I've kind of been involved in almost all of our product lines at one point in time or another," stated the new president in an interview published on Tuesday by Microsoft.

Muglia recently provided an extensive interview on the subject of Windows Azure, Microsoft's "operating system" in the cloud, along with the Azure Services Platform, both announced in late October. The complete interview, which was conducted late last month by Redmond and Redmond Developer News editors, can be accessed here.

The S&T Division manages Microsoft offerings ranging from Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio and Forefront to several virtualization and System Center management products. The division is considered a key revenue generator, at more than $13 billion annually.

The buzzword for the division, "dynamic IT," is a software plus services variant. According to a Microsoft statement, dynamic IT is an "effort to help IT pros and developers create optimized and agile infrastructures that align to changing business needs."

The S&T Division plans to expand its database business and build its portfolio of online services, such as Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, Muglia said in Microsoft's interview.

A Microsoft spokesperson stated by e-mail that Muglia's role at the S&T Division will not change and "he will continue to lead the development and marketing efforts for this business." They added there will be no "organizational changes to the Server and Tool business."

About the Author

Herb Torrens is an award-winning freelance writer based in Southern California. He managed the MCSP program for a leading computer telephony integrator for more than five years and has worked with numerous solution providers including HP/Compaq, Nortel, and Microsoft in all forms of media.

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