Microsoft's Post-Gates Management Team

Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms and Services Division, must continue to defend Microsoft against fallout from the disappointment Windows Vista has been among customers, and help the company transition its OS to a world where the Web is becoming more important than the PC. Johnson also has Microsoft's weak Online Services business under his care and is pressured to turn that segment around for the company in its quest to compete with Google.

Finally, a new player, Stephen Elop, who joined Microsoft in January as president of its Microsoft Business Division, will have to pick up where longtime Microsoftie and predecessor Jeff Raikes left off. Like Gates, Raikes is flying the coup for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: He will take over as CEO of the philanthropic foundation when he leaves Microsoft in September. Elop has under his charge the successful Office business, but is challenged to live up to Raikes' impressive legacy and continue to move Office beyond mere productivity into collaboration. The Business Division also oversees Microsoft's business applications, which remain locked in a constant battle for market share with powerful rivals Oracle and SAP.

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