Microsoft Announces Integration of Dedicated Systems Group Into Internet Customer Unit

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 8, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the integration of its dedicated systems group into the company’s Internet customer unit (ICU) to provide end-to-end solutions to telecommunications, cable and Internet service providers.

As part of the Internet customer unit, the dedicated systems group will continue in its mission to promote the use of Microsoft® operating systems in non-PC devices. The ICU will extend its focus on the introduction and implementation of new commercial Internet-based services, including the delivery of commercial network services to new client devices.

Thomas Koll, who has been promoted to vice president of the Internet customer unit, will lead the expanded group and will report to Joachim Kempin, senior vice president, OEM and ICU. Koll brings 10 years of Microsoft experience to his new post, including his recent position as general manager of worldwide business strategy and chief of staff for Steve Ballmer, former executive vice president of sales and support and currently president of Microsoft. In June 1997, Koll transferred to Redmond, Wash., from Microsoft Germany, where he was the acting country manager.

Cameron Myhrvold has been named vice president of strategic relationships in the Internet customer unit and will focus on Microsoft’s crucial relationships with leading vendors and customers in the cable and telecommunication industries. Myhrvold, who has successfully worked on building the ICU since 1995, previously served in a variety of positions at Microsoft. During his 12-year tenure, he has worked with Microsoft’s developer division, Microsoft Europe, and developer relations, as well as the networking group and the product marketing group for the Windows® operating system.

“Thomas Koll and Cameron Myhrvold bring a superior mix of knowledge and Microsoft experience to their new roles,”
said Kempin.
“With their leadership, the Internet customer unit and the dedicated systems group are well positioned to enable the world’s telecommunication, cable and Internet service providers to develop and provide new end-to-end services.”

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