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Microsoft V.P. Maritz Exits

September 14, 2000

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) _ Paul Maritz, the brains behind many of Microsoft’s operating systems and strategies, has become the latest Microsoft Corp. executive to retire, the company announced Thursday.

Maritz, a 14-year veteran of the company, was group vice president of the Platforms Strategy and Development group at Microsoft. The 45-year-old will continue to serve as a consultant, the company said.

``During Paul’s 14 years with Microsoft, he has played a key role in virtually ever major initiative, from the evolution of Windows and Office to the .NET strategy,″ company Chairman Bill Gates said. ``Paul’s vision and technological insight has had a major impact not only on Microsoft but on the entire computer industry.″

During his tenure, Maritz, led the company’s operating system strategy, urging Microsoft to part with IBM in 1990 and concentrate on developing Windows instead of IBM’s OS/2. He also found himself on the witness stand last year in Microsoft’s federal antitrust trial, forced to deny that he said he would ``cut off the air supply″ of Netscape Communications Corp.

Maritz is only the latest executive to leave Microsoft over the past year. Other notable departures include former chief financial officer Greg Maffei, former research chief Nathan Myhrvold and longtime Windows chief Brad Silverberg.

Vice president Sanjay Parthasarathy, who used to report to Maritz, will take on a new role to help bring third-party software developers on board with Microsoft initiatives. Parthasarathy will now report directly to chief executive officer Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft shares were down $1.02 at $64.23 in midday trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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