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Microsoft Promotes Windows 7 Chief

Stephen Sinofsky is named president of Redmond's Windows division.

Microsoft has tapped Windows 7 point man Stephen Sinofsky to become head of its $17 billion Windows client division. Sinofksy, who was senior VP for the Windows engineering group, was named Windows division president on Wednesday.

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Bill Veghte, who held the role previously, will move to an unspecified "leadership position" later this year, Microsoft said.

"Steven Sinofsky has demonstrated the ability to lead large teams that deliver great products," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a statement.

"The work he and the team have done in getting ready to ship Windows 7 really defines how to develop and ship world-class software," said Ballmer. "He is a perfect fit to lead our the Windows group.

Sinofsky is a 20-year Microsoft veteran.

Windows 7 is slated to ship on Oct. 22. A follow up to the widely-maligned Vista operating system, Windows 7 has received high marks from a number of reviewers. It's said to carry a lighter footprint than Vista while offering several new, user-friendly features such as built-in support for touch screens.

Some retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy, have started taking pre-orders for Windows 7. As of Thursday, the OS was Amazon's top seller in the software category.

The full version of Windows 7 Home Premium is priced at $199, with an upgrade from Vista or XP costing $119. The full version of Windows 7 Professional is $299, with upgrades going for $199. Windows 7 Ultimate is priced at $319, with the upgrade version at $219.

However, Microsoft is offering discounts of 50% or more through a promotional campaign that ends July 11. A Release Candidate version of Windows 7 is currently available as a free download from Microsoft's Web site.

Microsoft also announced that Windows division chief financial officer Tami Reller will take on additional marketing responsibilities.

InformationWeek has published an indepth report on Windows 7. Download the report here (registration required).

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