Microsoft lets go of Windows chief as part of a major reorganisation
- Author: Terrell Bush Apr 01, 2018,
Apr 01, 2018, 2:52
The latest transition builds on earlier efforts to unite engineers who work on software with those that oversee hardware. The WDG is no more and the group is being split into "Experiences and Devices", which will be led by Rajesh Jha, Executive VP of Microsoft.
A major Microsoft reorganization announced Thursday appears to signal a shift in the company's approach to its bread-and-butter Windows business. He oversaw numerous company's products and services, including Windows, Xbox, and HoloLens.
"With change comes transition, and one transition we have been planning for is for Terry Myerson to pursue his next chapter outside Microsoft", Nadella added. Myerson's departure without a supporting statement may indicate there was a clash between Myerson and Satya Nadella in the direction of Windows.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has no easy task steering the company well past the era of its personal computing dominance, through the current cloud and mobile-oriented period and into the AI and possibly VR driven future.
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With Myerson's departure, Panos Panay will step up to the title of chief product officer.
Jason Zander, who is being promoted from corporate vice president of Azure to executive vice president. Business AI will be merged with business applications under James Phillips, while Eric Lockard will lead a cloud + AI division and Alex Kipman will handle the cloud side of the mixed reality business and Eric Boyd will handle AI cognitive services- things like Azure's machine learning tools. "These modern needs, habits and expectations of our customers are motivating us to bring Windows, Office, and third-party applications and devices into a more cohesive Microsoft 365 experience".
Myerson had also been in charge of Redmond's failed Windows Phone push. One team will focus on the cloud and AI, the other on what it calls "experiences and devices". Certain parts of Microsoft's AI + Research group are also moving to Guthrie's organization.
Finally, Harry Shum will continue to serve in his role as executive vice president of Microsoft's AI + Research unit.
Scott Guthrie will direct a second group focused on cloud and AI technology.
Nadella told employees he would be releasing more plans around the re-org next week in a special company Q&A session.