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Jul 24 2008   10:22AM GMT

Redmond watch

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The Redmond Watch is on. How soon can Microsoft erase all signs of Kevin Johnson? His name is already gone from the agenda for today’s Financial Analyst Meeting where he was supposed to take the stage at 9:10 a.m. Now CEO Steve Ballmer is slated from 8:40 to 9:35.

Insiders think Satya Nadella, king of Microsoft search, will be featured.

Johnson, the former president of Microsoft’s Platforms and Services Group, is now famously leaving to become CEO of Juniper Networks. Scott Kriens is still technically CEO there, btw, so Juniper’s got a big PR problem on their hands.

 If KJ is a no-show today, as most surmise, does that mean he’s finished managing the transition Microsoft talked about in its press release? Ummm, smart money is the answer is yes. Meanwhile, like the Kremlin after a purge, traces of KJ are already disappearing.

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