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Microsoft's Windows head to leave company amid reorganisation

Microsoft's Windows head to leave company amid reorganisation

"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.

"Over the past several years, Terry and the [Windows and Devices Group] transformed Windows to create a secure, always up-to-date, modern OS", Nadella wrote.

Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT) announced today that Terry Myerson, the Executive Vice President of the company's Windows and Devices Group, will be leaving the company.

Guthrie's team includes many existing Microsoft leaders. There's a team now called "Experiences and Devices". Foley further says Panos Panay will get a Chief Product Officer title but otherwise remains the head of Microsoft devices. Joe Belfiore has promised exciting announcements at Build this year as he leads Windows client experience.

However, from the re-organisation it is clear that Microsoft seems to believe Windows will be more of sideshow for the company in future instead of its main focus.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, will now lead the Cloud + AI Platform business. A couple of units that are now part of Microsoft's AI + Research group are going to be moving into Guthrie's new organization.

Cortana is unmentioned in the email, although one assumes that it is divided across product units with the underlying platform under the AI Cognitive Services team and the Windows experience team being responsible for how it is exposed. The team will be led by Rajesh Jha.

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Business AI will be put under James Phillips' Business Applications Group.

The direction Microsoft is taking is apparently clear for a while.

Eric Lockard will be part of this team, leading a "Universal Store" effort. Singh Pall's Customer Service, Marketing and Sales Insights teams will join the Business Applications Group led by James Phillips, while his Ambient Intelligence team will now fall under Kipman. 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.

You can select which of your known user groups to make your new app or game visible to in the Visibility section of the Pricing and Availability page when submitting. One such ex-employee is Tim Snead, a 17 year veteran of Microsoft who now works for Google. Also on the agenda: "learning more about genomics and robotics which fascinate me, and spending some overdue quality time with Katie and our kids". And Jason Zander becomes executive vice president for Microsoft Azure, putting him at the top ranks of the company. For instance, Nadella said, "we are investing in strategies and tools for detecting and addressing bias in AI systems and implementing new requirements established by the GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation]".

He also stated that employees will need to "transcend Conway's Law". Having a deep sense of customers' unmet and unarticulated needs must drive our innovation. This is why a growth mindset culture matters.

Today's news is substantial for the Redmond company, very much in line with Nadella's "Hit Refresh", thinking and transformational mindset.


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