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ZDNet: It's official: [SGI's] Belluzzo to Microsoft

Sep 02, 1999, 23:37 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley, Scott Berinato)

"Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday that former SGI CEO Richard Belluzzo has joined the company as group vice president in charge of Microsoft's Consumer and Commerce Group. ... Consumer and Commerce is the group charged with crafting Microsoft's... MSN and WebTV/cable strategies, among other missions.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Belluzzo was moving to Microsoft over a week ago; Microsoft officials declined to confirm his appointment until today."

"In a conference call announcing the appointment, Microsoft President Steve Ballmer made it clear Belluzzo's mission will be to alter the balance between "fits and starts" that the group responsible for MSN and other services has experienced."

"Ballmer conceded the group needed to be more efficient and even hinted that divestiture of certain service properties was a possibility. ... Ballmer also downplayed reports that Microsoft would start a tracking stock for its Internet properties."

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