Microsoft Corporation has announced plans to divide its MSN division into two sections: Communications and Information. One will control Web communications and the other will focus on developing MSN's information portal as well as looking for growth opportunities in areas like search technology and music.
Yusuf Mehdi, a veteran Microsoft employee, will lead the information unit, which will include the MSN portal, its emerging search service, ecommerce sites, and entertainment and other services. The communications division will be headed by Blake Irving and will focus on growing MSN's communication-focused products, such as its subscription MSN service, Hotmail, MSN Messenger, and its Passport identity service. Paul Ryan, former CTO of Overture, has been hired by MSN to head their search efforts.