When local boy made good Cyril Belikoff touches down at Microsoft HQ in Redmond to take up his new position as Group Product Manager: Office, he'll have a new boss with the announcement that Jeff Raikes, head of Microsoft Office software business is retiring after 26 years with the company.

Microsoft says Raikes will officially leave the organisation in September after a transition period to ensure a smooth handover of the Microsoft Business Division to former Juniper Networks COO Stephen Elop.
Elop will start at Microsoft at the end of January and assume responsibility for the Information Worker, Microsoft Business Solutions and Unified Communications businesses — all previously led by Raikes. Bob Muglia, senior vice-president of the Server and Tools Business, will move to report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and continue managing the Server and Tools Business. Between now and his retirement, Raikes will continue to serve as a member of the company’s senior leadership team responsible for developing and guiding Microsoft’s core business strategy.
"Since 1981, I’ve had an incredible journey here at Microsoft. Given the success of our business and the depth of leadership we have in place today, the time is right for me to leave the MBD business in the capable hands of our new generation of leaders,” Raikes says. “I remain committed to Microsoft and will work full time between now and September when I retire. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to working closely with Stephen and the MBD leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.”
Under Raikes’ leadership, MBD has grown to include a broad range of business productivity offerings including the Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Exchange Server. During this same period, the MBD business has nearly doubled, to more than $16-billion in annual revenue. Similarly, the company’s Server and Tools Business, under Muglia, has also enjoyed strong success, with 21 consecutive quarters of double-digit financial growth.
Raikes, 49, joined Microsoft in 1981 and spent his early years driving the company’s applications marketing strategy and success in graphical applications for the Apple Macintosh and the Microsoft Windows operating system. As director of Applications Marketing, he shaped the product strategy and design of Microsoft Office. In 1990, Raikes was promoted to vice-president of Office Systems. From 1992 to 2000, he was responsible for Microsoft’s sales, marketing and service initiatives, and became group vice-president of the Worldwide Sales and Support Group. In 2000, Raikes returned to the business groups to focus on growing Microsoft’s productivity applications, expanding the business well beyond core productivity software to include unified communications, business intelligence, business applications and services.