The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Microsoft shifts 70 researchers to software work "In the largest shift of personnel ever from its advanced-research group, Microsoft moved 70 researchers into the Windows division to help improve the company's software-development practices.
The group is headed by Amitabh Srivastava, one of the company's distinguished engineers. In 1999, he created the research division's Programmer Productivity Research Center.
Srivastava moved to Windows about six months ago, and 70 other researchers moved last month to create the Center for Software Excellence. Twenty-five others remained at the productivity center."
Also see the PPRC Web site