Julie Larson-Green, a 22-year Microsoft veteran and a longtime engineering leader in Office and Windows, will take on a new role overseeing Office apps and services, GeekWire has confirmed.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, the Microsoft vice president who had been overseeing Office apps and services, will shift to a new position leading marketing for the broader Applications and Services Group.
The changes, part of a broader executive reshuffling in the group, come as Microsoft tries to ensure the future of Office by remaking the venerable franchise for the new world cloud services and mobile apps. The Applications and Services Group is headed by Qi Lu, including apps and services such as Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Yammer, Lync, Skype, Bing and MSN.
Microsoft has been shifting to a subscription-based approach for its Office apps, while seeking to make them more ubiquitous across smartphones and tablets, and offering core editing features and other functions for free on iOS and Android. The company has also been building out its portfolio of apps through a series of acquisitions of apps including Sunrise and Acompli.
Larson-Green’s new role was reported earlier by Re/code. She will retain the title of chief experience officer.