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VMware Inc., the largest maker of software that lets computers run multiple operating systems, said it’s hiring Tony Scott, former chief information officer at Microsoft Corp., for the same position.

Scott, who left Microsoft in May after five years, will report to Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware, the company said in a statement today. Scott’s departure was announced in June, when Microsoft said he planned to focus on personal projects. Prior to that, Scott served as CIO at Walt Disney Co. and chief technology officer at General Motors Corp.

VMware’s hiring of a new CIO comes days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to resign within a year, after missing opportunities to take the maker of Windows software beyond personal computers and into a leading position in products such as smartphones, Web search and tablet computing. VMware is Microsoft’s main rival in the market for so-called virtualization software, which lets companies combine multiple tasks on a single server.

VMware is holding its VMworld conference beginning today in San Francisco.

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