Analyst claims Microsoft is still intent on buying internet firm, though outcome is uncertain

Microsoft reshuffle with Yahoo in mind?

Leading technology firm Microsoft has confirmed a number of top level executive moves, and one analyst is saying that they are designed to ease the proposed takeover of internet firm Yahoo – despite the fact the deal very much hangs in the air.

US site PC World reports that Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services and Windows Business Group, Satya Nadella, the current senior vice president of Search, Portals and Advertising Group and Brian McAndrews, the senior vice president of Microsoft’s Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group are all taking on new responsibilities in running Microsoft’s online services.

Rob Helm, analyst at Directions, said of the moves: "Microsoft is anticipating a shift in its online strategy around the purchase of Yahoo, which means, among other things, that they’re replacing people running the old strategy.”

As for the deal for Microsoft, Yahoo’s decision to turn down the current deal is unlikely to be the end of it, Helm believes: "It’s still up in the air, though it seems unlikely that Microsoft would walk away after a bid like this.”

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