Craig Mundie, Head of Microsoft Research Arm, Steps Down

Microsoft has announced that Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, will retire in 2014 when he will be 65. Mundie was one of two Microsoft Corp executives who took over Bill Gates’ role at the company.

At that time, Mundie became responsible for Microsoft’s long-term research activities, while Ray Ozzie became chief software architect. Ozzie left Microsoft in 2010.

Mundie has relinquished control of Microsoft’s large research organization and takes on on a new role as a senior adviser to Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. This was outlined in an internal Microsoft memo earlier this month but only made public on Monday.

Mundie started in the consumer platforms division in 1992, managing the production of Windows CE for hand-held and automotive systems and early console games. In 1997, Mundie oversaw the acquisition of WebTV Networks. He also has championed Microsoft Trustworthy Computing and digital rights management.

Eric Rudder, a long-time Microsoft executive, takes on responsibility for Microsoft Research, Trustworthy Computing, and the Technology Policy Group, previously run by Mundie.

In April, 2009, President Obama named Mundie as a member of his President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

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