Microsoft names Scott Guthrie as its interim Cloud and Enterprise division head

Before Satya Nadella was named the new CEO of Microsoft, he was leading the company's huge Cloud and Enterprise division. So, who is taking over that rather important slot now that Nadella is moving up to bigger and better things?

As it turns out, the company decided to promote from within and has named Scott Guthrie as, officially, the interim Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President. The news comes from ZDNet who reports that Microsoft sent out an internal announcement on Guthrie's new job today; Mary Jo Foley believes that the "interim" part of his new title will likely be removed in the near future.

Before today, Guthrie made regular updates on his company blog in his role as VP of application development for Windows Azure and is also well known for his previous work in co-developing ASP.NET,  which he and colleague Mark Anders developed while at Microsoft. Guthrie's trademark is wearing red polo shirts during keynote speeches at computer conferences. Indeed, his Twitter account has such a shirt as his avatar.

Source: ZDNet | Image via ZDNet

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I like ScottGu but I will always associate him (maybe i'm wrong though ?) with the embarrassment that is Silverlight.
Everyone can make mistakes but this one was a ridiculously big one.

dopydope said,
I like ScottGu but I will always associate him (maybe i'm wrong though ?) with the embarrassment that is Silverlight.
Everyone can make mistakes but this one was a ridiculously big one.

From his very small wikipedia page:

He runs the Azure team as well as the development teams that build ASP.NET, Windows Azure, Common Language Runtime (CLR), Core .NET Base Class Library, Silverlight, Windows Forms, WPF, Internet Information Services 7.5, Commerce Server, .NET Compact Framework, Visual Web Developer and Visual Studio Tools for WPF.

If silverlight is the only bad thing on there (and honestly, silverlight was not bad at all), then I'd say that's an excellent track record.

I know, he's been pretty awesome in general. I just cant understand how a guy that clever let something as idiotic as Silverlight happen. It's not about the quality of the product itself - which was ok, it's about its complete irrelevance of the product itself.
Going the browser plugin route always baffled me - as if Flash was not enough of a plague.

in his roll as VP of application development for Windows Azure
Mmm, would love some cinnamon rolls right now!

Very interesting! The whole senior team is definitely shaping up... this is definitely an exciting shakeup