In case you've been off mail for the last half hour, Reuters just reported that Jeff Raikes, the leader of the business division (including Office, Sharepoint, Exchange software) "and one of [Microsoft's] longest-serving executives" will retire from the company in September. 

Also see this article in Forbes, Microsoft Announces Retirement and Transition Plan…

"The company also announced that Stephen Elop, formerly chief operating officer (COO) at Juniper Networks Inc., has been hired as president of the Microsoft Business Division. Elop will start at Microsoft at the end of January and assume responsibility for the Information Worker, Microsoft Business Solutions and Unified Communications businesses -- all previously led by Raikes.

"Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business, will move to report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and continue managing the Server and Tools Business. Between now and his retirement, Raikes will continue to serve as a member of the company's senior leadership team responsible for developing and guiding Microsoft's core business strategy."

Seems like Ina answered her own question about what she noted in her post on Sunday (beyond the Fast announcement, that is ;).

More news clips on the move are available here...

  • Microsoft business division head Jeff Raikes to retire; Stephen Elop named as replacement… (AP)
  • Microsoft Says Raikes to Step Down… (Bloomberg)