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Windows Phone Exec Shake-up

7:00 AM -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has shaken up his Windows Phone leadership team with two appointments, announced on Monday.

An internal memo from Ballmer to all Microsoft employees, published here, said that the head of Windows Phone Andy Lees will move to a new position at the company and will be replaced by Terry Myerson, and that these changes were effectively immediately.

Myerson is no stranger to Windows Phone and played a key role in the engineering development of Windows Phone 7 and 7.5.

But what's less clear is what Lees' new job is going to be. According to Ballmer's memo, it's this: "I have asked Andy Lees to move to a new role working for me on a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8. We have tremendous potential with Windows Phone and Windows 8, and this move sets us up to really deliver against that potential."

Sounds important. But the vague job description could hint at a strategy to integrate the Microsoft operating systems for use across PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Whether the executive changes really point to a new strategy or not, Ballmer is hoping to build on Windows Phone's "momentum" in 2012. (See Nokia Puts Microsoft Strategy Into Action and OS Watch: Nokia Aims to Be a US Contender Again.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

enzmann 12/5/2012 | 4:46:22 PM
re: Windows Phone Exec Shake-up

Only advantage in the WP7 over my N97 is larger screen and faster processor. 

It is a great toy but the camera is not up to the Nokia or even the iPhone (or my contractor's Android).  Even the GPS is slower than the Droid.  Pretty disappointing overall. 

Lastly the "sync" method is Zune which you are required to install to do software updates.  The software update is the only thing Zune syncs except for media (music, videos, pictures, etc).  Really disappointing if the object is to use this as a business tool without syncing to either a hosted exchange account or to Windows Live Mail.  (Google partially syncs)  Nothing passes all the info from the contacts nor does it handle large contact lists.  Calendar is a disaster.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:46:36 PM
re: Windows Phone Exec Shake-up

That's interesting. So if you have Outlook at the office your WP7 phone is not better than a Symbian? Not good times. 

enzmann 12/5/2012 | 4:46:38 PM
re: Windows Phone Exec Shake-up

But how does this help?  WP7 is the ONLY OS that will not sync directly with MS Office and MS Outlook.  Seems this change only will continue the current thought process and the  forcing of all data into the cloud (the better for Patriot Act access).  Too bad the WP7 development team believes itself to be an extension of Zune and Xbox versus a serious business and communication group. 

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