Microsoft names new head of Windows business

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SEATTLE, Mar 23 (Reuters) Microsoft Corp. named Steve Sinofsky to oversee its core Windows business on Thursday, choosing someone from the company's Office business software unit to lead an operating system division beset by delays and missed deadlines.

Sinofsky will be named a senior vice president and handle some of the duties of Jim Allchin, who said last year he planned to retire once Microsoft finished the upcoming Windows Vista, the upgrade to its ubiquitous operating system.

The moves are part of a larger series of restructuring at Microsoft's platforms and services division, which oversees the Windows business and the company's MSN Internet unit.

The management change comes only days after the world's largest software maker said it planned to delay the consumer launch of the new Windows until after this year's holiday shopping season.

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