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NY Times: Microsoft Hires Former Silicon Graphics Chairman to Head Internet Unit

Aug 25, 1999, 19:02 (6 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft has selected Richard Belluzzo, a computer industry veteran, to head its Internet operations, signaling that its future lies more in electronic commerce than in becoming a media company."

"The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Belluzzo was expected to go to Microsoft to head its Internet operations. Microsoft declined to comment, and Belluzzo could not be reached. But industry executives close to Belluzzo said he does plan to head Microsoft's Internet unit, which is now called the Consumer and Commerce Group."

" 'The strategy now is to use its software strengths to create a transaction backbone for the Internet,' said Mark R. Anderson, president of Technology Alliance Partners, a research firm."

"His sometimes difficult experience at Silicon Graphics, which is still losing money and recently shifted strategy once again, is regarded by Microsoft more as a useful learning experience than a black mark on his career, according to executives close to Microsoft."

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