Phil Smoot to replace Chris Jones as head of OneDrive and Sharepoint, Jones will move to new role

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New leadership for Microsoft’s OneDrive and Sharepoint is on the way. Chris Jones, the current head, will be transitioning to a new role in Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group later this year. His replacement is Phil Smoot who was recently the Vice President of Engineering for the OneDrive and Sharepoint team.

Jones’ job at Microsoft influenced almost anyone that has ever used a Microsoft device in the last few years because he was the leader of Microsoft’s OS services team. That team covered Microsoft accounts which are used by almost every Microsoft device.

The same team also works with critical infrastructure, and user experiences. Jones has held a number of positions at Microsoft including leader of engineering for Windows Live software and services, and vice president of program management and engineering for Windows.

According to ZDNet Jones will be taking some time off this summer before returning to his new, yet to be publicly announced, role at Microsoft.

Smoot’s new role has been confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson “Chris Jones will be shifting to a new role on Qi’s team (Applications and Services Group) in the coming months. As he makes the transition, Phil Smoot, a long time Microsoft veteran, will take over leadership of the OneDrive and Sharepoint teams.”

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