As sort of predicted by NBR on July 9, Paul Muckleston has been appointed Microsoft New Zealand's new managing director.
Mr Muckleston, currently in charge of sales and marketing, will take over when current MD Kevin Ackhurst leaves for Singapore to take up a regional role on August 2.
A 14-year Microsoft vet, Mr Muckleston returned to his native New Zealand in October last year after an extended tour of duty in Europe where, based out of Berlin and Paris, he oversaw the Eastern European marketing operation.
Speaking to NBR shortly before his appointment, Mr Muckleston said the industry transition to cloud computing would be one of the company's central points of focus over the next 12 months.
He agreed with NBR's thesis that Microsoft could do better with its mobile phone products in New Zealand.
Mr Muckleston expected a lift from Windows Phone 7, due later this year (see exhaustive Gizmodo preview here) and, notably, confirmed that the company's Zune service would be made available here at the same time as Windows Phone 7 handsets.
In the US, a Zune service pass lets you download unlimited songs per month for a flat fee of $US14.99.