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January 16, 2009 9:13 AM

Organizational shift puts Microsoft Live Mesh in Windows Live group

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Microsoft is doing some organizational shifting inside the Windows and Windows Live groups. Live Mesh, a new service that synchronizes devices and information, has moved from Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's organization to the Windows and Windows Live engineering group headed by Steven Sinofsky. Mary Jo Foley first reported the move this morning, which follows information we reported Thursday that some Microsoft employees were bracing for possible organizational changes.

It's not clear whether this is an isolated shift related just to Live Mesh, or the start of a more substantial rejiggering. There were no layoffs as part of the change, according to Foley, who had the information from a Microsoft spokesperson.

The move from Ozzie's org to Sinofsky's may be a signal that the Live Services Platform and Live Mesh, which is now in beta testing, are getting closer to prime time. Here's more background on Live Mesh.

Here's the official statement from Microsoft:

"The Windows Live, Live Services Platform, and Live Mesh teams will now be a part of the unified Windows Live organization under Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering. David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President, Live Services Platform, will now report to Sinofsky and will continue his work on the Live Services Platform.

"Integrating these three groups under one unified team allows Microsoft to further its commitment to deliver end-users a great set of Windows Live offerings and support all of the applications and services that use the Live Services Platform. As well as, continue to invest in Live Mesh as a consumer experience and a core platform technology of the Live Services Platform for both Microsoft offerings and 3rd party partners and developers."

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