Windows Leadership Changes

From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:16 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: Windows Leadership Changes

Over the past few months we have delivered the foundation for a new era for Microsoft. From Office to Bing to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, to Xbox and of course Windows and Surface and everything in between, we’ve unleashed a huge wave of devices and services that people and businesses love. I simply couldn’t be more proud of the effort you have all put in to get us here and to set the foundation for our future. At the Windows launch in New York, at the Windows Phone event in San Francisco, and again at the Build event on Redmond campus, I was struck that while externally many people look at these events as the finish line, they really represent the starting line of a new era.

As we enter this new era, and with the successful launch of Windows 8 and Surface behind us, Steven Sinofsky has decided to leave the company. Steven joined Microsoft in 1989 as a software development engineer and has contributed to the company in many ways from his work as a technical advisor to Bill Gates, to leading the evolution of the Microsoft Office business, to his direction and successful leadership of Windows and Windows Live as well as Surface. I am grateful for the work that Steven has delivered in his time at our company.

Effective immediately, Julie Larson-Green will lead Windows engineering. She will be responsible for all product development for Windows and Windows Live, in addition to Surface. Julie has been a stalwart leader of building compelling “experiences” from her time on Internet Explorer, through the evolution of Office and most recently to the re-imagination of Windows. Her unique product and innovation perspective and proven ability to effectively collaborate and drive a cross company agenda will serve us well as she takes on this new leadership role. All of the current Windows engineering teams will report into Julie, and Julie will report to me.

Tami Reller will lead business and marketing strategy for Windows including Surface and partner devices. She will provide broad stewardship to our PC marketing efforts while managing the line business functions for Windows. Her work on Windows since 2007 has been exemplary and her strong talents in working with internal groups and partners will also serve us well. Tami also will report to me.

We are facing a time of great opportunity. What we have accomplished over the past few years is nothing short of amazing, and I know we have more amazing in us. I am excited about our people, I am energized by our ability to change and grow, and I look forward to the success which lies ahead. Thank you for all you do, and please join me in congratulating our new leadership and celebrating all that we have accomplished so far.



HOWTO: Moving an Application Window in Windows 7 Using Keyboard

I have a multi-monitor configuration both at work and home.  Sometimes when I undock my laptop from the separate LCD display and bring it to another room I have found that some application windows are “stuck” on the other screen.  Here is a quick and easy way to move those stuck windows to the correct screen.

Use the Windows Picture of Windows logo key+Left arrow or Picture of Windows logo key+ Right arrow to move the window to one edge of the screen.  This should make it visible again.

This is a Windows 7 only tip from my testing.  Let me know in the comments if you have another way that works.

HOWTO: Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) Reboot / Shutdown

When using Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), you may encounter the need to restart or shutdown a machine remotely while in an RDP session. From the Windows Start menu you have an option to Logoff or Disconnect but no option for rebooting or shutting down.

Here are three methods which should all work.

Method 1:

In your RDP session, from the Windows start button select Run and enter  shutdown -r to reboot or shutdown -s to shutdown

Method 2:

In your RDP session, open a cmd window and execute either of these commands:

reboot command  c:> shutdown -r
shutdown command  c:> shutdown -s

Once you execute one of the commands a 30 second count down will be initiated. If you need to abort the restart/shutdown command enter shutdown -a to abort.

Method 3:

In your RDP session press CTRL+ALT+END.  This will bring up the Windows Security window and here you can select the Shutdown button.

Happy rebooting!

Vista drivers into a brick wall

Which Vista version do you need?

Just a fun little parody video ad on Mac vs PC.  Don’t want to get all holy war on this as I use Windows, Linux and Mac.  Each has its own strengths and weakness.  The point to be made on this is that Windows 7 and Vista both have too many versions to choose from.  I think it should be one for business and one for home/prosumer and call it a day.