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Guthrie Reportedly Tapped to Run Cloud and Enterprise

Former head of the .NET platform is promoted in the wake of Satya Nadella's ascension to CEO.

The Microsoft executive who may know the developer community better than any other is set for a big promotion.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie has been tapped to replace Satya Nadella as the head of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, according to a report by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.

Nadella vacated the position on Tuesday, when he was officially named Microsoft's next CEO effective immediately. Guthrie will report directly to Nadella, Foley said.

Microsoft gave an internal announcement of Guthrie's appointment to the Cloud and Enterprise group on Tuesday, a Microsoft spokesperson told Foley.

Officially, he is the "interim" executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Engineering, though he will likely be promoted to the position permanently, Foley said.

Guthrie is a well-known figure in Microsoft's developer and cloud circles. He served as corporate vice president of the company's .NET platform before being picked to lead the Windows Azure Application Platform team in 2011. He's worked on multiple Microsoft products, according to his blog, including Visual Studio, BizTalk Server and Entity Framework.

Last August, Guthrie gave the keynote presentation at the Visual Studio Live! conference in Redmond, outlining the benefits of Windows Azure for .NET developers. In a follow-up interview with Visual Studio Magazine editor in chief Keith Ward, he discussed developer-focused improvements in Azure, as well as Azure's cross-platform development capabilities.

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