Microsoft is putting one of its legendary employees at work on a new assignment. ZDNet.com reports that Dave Cutler, the former leader of of Microsoft's Windows NT operating system team, has now joined the Xbox team. Before his new gig, Cutler worked to help launch the Windows Azure cloud service business.
Microsoft confirmed Cutler's new position at Microsoft with an official statement saying:
Dave is one of our brightest minds and is currently working on projects that will help advance our goals in the consumer space as we continue to grow the Xbox from a game-centric console to a complete home entertainment device.
Culter first came to Microsoft back in 1988. He is best known for leading the development team for Windows NT. Launched in 1993, it was the first fully 32-bit version of Windows. Culter also helped to port Windows to work on AMD's 64-bit processor architecture and also helped with the creations of the 64-bit versions of Windows XP Pro and Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft admits in this statement that the company is transforming its Xbox business from a mere game console division into more of a overall entertainment business. It will be interesting to see what Culter will be able to bring to the Xbox team with his years of experience in leading Windows development teams.