VMware's Paul Maritz has given up his title of president to four senior executives who will serve as co-presidents of the EMC-owned company as it increasingly goes up against Microsoft in the virtualization market. With Maritz - himself a former Windows executive - continuing to hold the CEO title, three of the top five executives at VMware are now ex-Microsoft officials.

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Richard McAniff, Tod Nielsen, Mark Peek and Carl Eschenbach will be the four co-presidents, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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