Microsoft Platforms and Services president departs

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Redmond, Wash.—Microsoft Corp. announced that Platforms and Services Division President Kevin Johnson, the main architect of Microsoft’s bid to buy Yahoo, is leaving the company. Johnson has been named CEO of Juniper Networks, a networking hardware company.

Concurrently, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major reorganization in which the software giant’s Platforms & Services Division will be split into two groups: Windows/Windows Live and Online Services, with both groups reporting directly to him.

Senior VPs Steven Sinofsky, Jon DeVaan and Bill Veghte will lead Windows/Windows Live.

Microsoft has launched a search for an executive to head up Online Services.

—Carol Krol

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