Microsoft announced earlier this summer that Jeff Teper has been promoted to head of corporate strategy. Teper led the evolution to the cloud with Office 365 including Exchange, Sharepoint, FAST, Yammer and Project. He was formally an Office software vice president during which he helped guide the transition to Web-based products. In his new role as head of corporate strategy, Teper will work in acquisitions and development.
Teper has been one of the Office executives working on moving word-processing and spreadsheet programs to cloud-based offerings, which are updated constantly instead of released in a package every three years. Interestingly enough, Teper is the one who hired the Microsoft’s current CEO, Satya Nadella, back in 1992. Nadella was working at Sun Microsystems at the time, but Teper’s team was looking for someone who was able to help developers switch from Sun’s server operating system to Microsoft’s Windows NT. Nadella became CEO of the company in back February of 2014, and Scott Guthrie now oversees cloud and enterprise software.
Teper led not only the development of the Sharepoint server product, which was one of Microsoft’s fastest-growing pieces of software by sales, but also Microsoft’s transition to the cloud with Office 365. Jeff Teper’s promotion illustrates Microsoft’s continued efforts to develop and expand their cloud/hosted solutions and we wish him all the best in his new position!