Microsoft reorg shakes up Windows group, Windows leader Terry Myerson departs

Laverne Mann
April 1, 2018

As the WDG fracture plans were being drawn up, Nadella says he consulted with 21-year Microsoft veteran Terry Myerson about the new company structure.

Photo Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and devices group, will be departing as part of the reorganization. The erstwhile Window team has been divided into two engineering teams. Going forward, there will be a new "Experiences & Devices" division, headed by Executive VP Rajesh Jha.

Under the new organization, it appears that the split will continue but in a more logical fashion: the core operating system platform will all be managed under Zander, while user interface, online services, applications, and showcase hardware such as Surface and Surface Hub, will be under Jha.

USA -based tech giant Microsoft announced a major reorganization Thursday, forming two main teams that will better address innovation and customers. Guthrie's team will also oversee Windows Server and mixed reality, including Hololens.

In his e-mail to all MS employees, CEO Satya Nadella said that the changes are meant to help Microsoft focus on "the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge".

Myerson Out The reorg also entails a major executive departure.

He will transition out of Microsoft in the coming months, according to Nadella. In fact, Windows is something that it is hoping to move to cloud for a while, something evident from Windows 10 that differs significantly compared to older operating system versions like Windows 7.

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Panos Panay, who now has the title of chief product officer.

Jason Zander, who is being promoted from corporate vice president of Azure to executive vice president.

One team will focus on the cloud and AI, the other on what the software giant calls "experiences and devices". And Xbox's success has had little or nothing to do with the various Windows-related efforts that emerged from the WDG in the past few years, like the Windows Universal Platform, which was aimed at convincing developers to write apps that would run on the company's phone, PC and gaming platforms.

"This reorganization clearly outlines Microsoft's priorities-cloud, coupled with AI, and an improved experience for users of Microsoft's applications", Ed Anderson, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, told eWEEK.

Harry Shum will continue to lead Microsoft's third engineering team, which focuses on A.I. and research and was established in 2016, Nadella said. Eric Boyd, now corporate vice president of AI data and infrastructure will lead a new AI Cognitive Services & Platform team and drive Microsoft's a variety of AI and machine learning services.

"We'll talk more about these changes at the Q&A next week and the important work ahead", Nadella said.

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