Microsoft Research head to take on new Advanced Strategy role

Eric Rudder will be the new Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy for Microsoft.

Microsoft continues to make changes to the company's organization following the "One Microsoft" announcement in July. Today, Microsoft revealed that Eric Rudder, the current head of the company's Advanced Strategy and Research group, which includes the Microsoft Research division, will be taking on the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy.

Microsoft posted the contents of an email sent by Steve Ballmer on the changes that were announced today, which will go into effect in mid-December. In explaining the move to create a new position for Rudder to fill, Ballmer wrote:

As we continue our transformation to a company that delivers high value activities through devices and services it is critical that a senior leader is accountable for certain key, cross company technology initiatives. In this new role, Eric will do just that.

The letter also stated that Harry Shum, who currently leads the Bing engineering team, will move to the role of Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, and his responsibilities will include leading Microsoft Research. The Bing engineering team will report on an interim basis to Qi Lu, who is in charge of the company's overall online services. Both Rudder and Shum will report to Ballmer.

Ballmer said that the commitment to Microsoft Research is "as strong as ever" and added, "You only have to look at some of our big technology bets like Xbox, Bing or Windows Azure to see the great collaboration that MSR has brought to help accelerate our efforts to deliver differentiated devices and services to our customers."

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Cool, Microsoft research has proved invaluable to Bing and its colossal improvements over the live.com days..

I work in biotech, proud of any company that puts money and effort into R&D, its how cool stuff happens.

Well its good to hear that they are serious about making sure everyone is working together and making full use of what the other teams are doing, not to mention sharing what they do with other teams.

What's an example of a specific "advanced strategy" in this context? Also, what are some examples of the "high value activities" that he would be accountable for?

By "customers," I presume the reference is being made to "consumers.' Clearly, the business/enterprise segments are no longer primary, as they were in the past.

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