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Microsoft has found a replacement for Bob Muglia – the company's server and tools biz president who was pushed out by MS boss Steve Ballmer last month.

The software vendor said today that it has promoted its senior veep Satya Nadella to the position left vacant by Muglia.

"Satya has deep experience in both our server business and online services, which will help accelerate our momentum while setting the course to deliver the cloud computing scenarios of the future,” said Ballmer.

The announcement comes a day after it was reported that Microsoft was set to undergo a radical reshuffle of its management team.

In his new role, Nadella will look after the strategy, engineering, marketing and product development for Microsoft's $15bn server, tools and cloud platform unit.

The Microsoft veteran has been at Redmond for 19 years. Recently he headed up the firm's Bing engineering team in the online services division. He was behind the new release of MSN and helped integrate Yahoo! across Microsoft's search engine and adCenter.

Ballmer also announced that the company's senior server and tools buisness veep Amitabh Srivastava was leaving Microsoft, but he didn't reveal why.

"Windows Azure is in a great place, and Amitabh is ready to move to a new phase in his career. He has done stellar work for the company and will work to ensure a smooth transition with the Windows Azure team. I wish him well in his new endeavors," said Ballmer.

Muglia resigned in January this year but will stay on until the summer to help Nadella fill his boots, so to speak. ®

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