Microsoft shifts researchers to Windows unit

Not wasting anytime with the release of Longhorn Microsoft is shifting around its work force. About 70 employees from Microsoft's Research unit will be working on Longhorn now. They will put to use the techniques/technologies they created in Microsoft's Research unit. Looks like Microsoft is finally taking some more action rather than just talk about Longhorn.

Microsoft is shifting about 70 technical staff from its research unit into its Windows effort as the company gears up for Longhorn, the next major release of the operating system.

The developers, who had been studying various ways of improving programmer productivity, will now focus their efforts on improving all phases of Windows development, including design, testing and sustained engineering. The move is among the largest shifts of workers from the company's research unit to a product group.

"We're continuing to both grow and spin out organizations into the greater Microsoft, as time goes on," Microsoft Research head Rick Rashid said in a speech at yesterday's Microsoft Faculty Summit. The workers will be part of a new Center for Software Excellence, under the leadership of Corporate Vice President Amitabh Srivastava. "CSE now is going to be responsible for all of the key tools within Microsoft," Rashid said. About 25 other workers that had been working on the programmer productivity project will remain in Microsoft Research.

News source: C|Net News.com

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