Microsoft shuffled the deck of top executives on Tuesday, consolidating its seven divisions into three and naming four presidents to report to CEO Steve Ballmer. One of the new presidents, former senior vice president Jim Allchin, will retire at the end of 2006 when Windows Vista ships.

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Microsoft shuffled the deck of top executives on Tuesday, consolidating its seven divisions into three and naming four presidents to report to CEO Steve Ballmer. One of the new presidents, former senior vice president Jim Allchin, will retire at the end of 2006 when Windows Vista ships.

The three new divisions are Microsoft Platform Products and Services Division; the Microsoft Business Division; and Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division.

Allchin and Kevin Johnson are co-presidents of the Platform Products and Services Division, which includes the current Client division (consisting primarily of the Windows client); the Server & Tools division, formerly run by Eric Rudder; and MSN. Johnson is supposed to take over the division when Allchin retires.