Microsoft Promotes Muglia To President Of Server And Tools Business

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Muglia, previously a senior vice president, has managed the STB division since October 2005. As president, his responsibilities will remain the same, according to a Reuters story.

The STB division generates some $13 billion in annual sales, much of it from sales of Microsoft's flagship Windows server operating system, and accounts for about 20 percent of Microsoft's annual revenue. The division's product portfolio also includes the SQL Server database, Visual Studio development toolset, Forefront security applications, and Microsoft's virtualization and systems management software.

Muglia, 49, has worked at Microsoft since 1988 and has held positions managing the company's Office and Windows Server applications, as well as overseeing development of the MSN network.

In a Q&A posted on Microsoft's Web site, Muglia noted that some of the division's products are already multibillion dollar businesses, "and all of them have very strong potential to grow into billion-plus dollar businesses."

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Concerning the impact of the slumping economy, Muglia said: "I think everybody is in the mode of trying to live one day at a time and understand how things are going to be in the coming weeks and months, and I don't think anyone really knows yet. I do think realistically we have to assume that it's going to be tough times and operate under that."