Microsoft names new head of MSN/Windows Live

Microsoft announced Friday that Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Ask.com, will replace David Cole as Senior Vice President in charge of MSN and Windows Live. From a Waggener Edstrom email to Microsoft employees on Friday, via Charlene Li:

Microsoft has hired Steve Berkowitz as SVP of the Online Business Group. He will be responsible for running the Online Business group, which includes include MSN.com, MSNTV and MSN Internet Access programming, advertising sales, business development, and marketing for Live Platforms, MSN and Windows Live.

Berkowitz will begin the new job on May 8th, according to another email, this one from Kevin Johnson, co-president of the Platform and Services Division, also quoted by Charlene Li of Forrester Research.