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Microsoft lets go of Windows chief as part of a major reorganisation

Microsoft lets go of Windows chief as part of a major reorganisation

Microsoft on Thursday said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of its Windows and devices business, will be leaving the company amid a major management reshuffle that increases the company's focus on its cloud products. The company is creating two new teams: one focused on "Experience & Devices" with another focused on "Cloud + AI", said CEO Satya Nadella in an email to employees published by Microsoft.

One team is focused on experiences and devices, and will seek to "instill a unifying product ethos" across the company's myriad software and hardware products, he said. The Myerson story begins with his first meeting with Bill Gates in 1996, through his years on the Microsoft Exchange team, passing over the time where Myerson headed up the Windows Phone team, and then discussing the most recent period he enjoyed at Microsoft as head of WDG. Some of the Windows team will also operate under the Azure group (more on this later). Nadella said the objective of this team is to "drive platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the tech stack starting with the distributed computing fabric (cloud and edge) to AI (infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition)".

Windows: Joe Belfiore will continue leading our Windows experiences and will drive Windows innovation in partnership with the PC and device ecosystem. The other division focussing on AI and cloud computing will be handled by executive vice president Scott Guthrie.

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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Microsoft has made a decision to lump together its cloud services with its AI research-combining the two is a big business, with Google, Amazon, and Chinese firms all providing stiff competition.

A team led by Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, who helped create company's HoloLens headset, will lead development of Azure's speech, vision and other machine perception services along with mixed reality technologies. Assignments are being traded up - it's a whole new world, all aimed at a "Microsoft 365 experience". Within this engineering team, Jason Zander will serve as executive vice president of Azure.

New Experiences and Technology: Kudo Tsunoda will continue to lead this team. "Chasing Amazon is likely no more fun than chasing Apple was and Microsoft clearly doesn't want to make the same mistake of letting Amazon get the kind of massive lead that Apple and Google enjoyed". Eric Boyd was assigned as lead of a new team called "AI Cognitive Services & Platform". The Universal Store and Commerce Platform team will join the Cloud + AI Platform team.


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