Microsoft announced on Monday that company veteran Craig Mundie has
stepped down from his post as chief of research and will retire in the
Mundie, who was one of two executives who assumed
responsibilities left behind by Bill Gates when the Microsoft co-founder
retired in 2008, will now serve as an advisor to chief executive Steve
"In this role, he works on key strategic projects within
the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the
world on technology policy, regulation and standards," Microsoft said on
Mundie began his career in 1970 and joined Redmond,
Washington-based Microsoft in 1992, according to his biography on the
When Gates retired, Mundie was entrusted to
oversee Microsoft research and "long-term technology strategy,"
according to his online bio.