Who got axed?
Along with the execs who are celebrating today, there are plenty who will probably be disappointed as well. Business software leader Kurt DelBene, who led Office through the launch of Office 365, is retiring. Microsoft Research leader Craig Mundie, who led research and other projects, will spend the next year leading an unspecified "special project" for Ballmer, then will retire in 2014. Rick Rashid, who was the head of Microsoft Research, will return to core operating system engineering.