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Microsoft splitting up its Windows and Devices Group

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Terry Myerson, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group speaks about Microsoft's Windows 10 "Creators Update" in New York Thomson Reuters (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Thursday said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of its Windows and devices business, will be leaving the company amid a major management reshuffle. Rajesh Jha, who now leads parts of the Office team will head this group.

Today, cloud services from Amazon, Microsoft and Google have become the internet equivalent of Windows, the dominant operating system of the personal computer era.

Build 17634 was probably already in the can before Microsoft planned to announce Terry Myerson's departure, but it'll be interesting to see how the company prioritizes Windows development, treatment of Insider testing and access to engineers in the future. Myerson was later made chief of WDG group, which includes Windows, Surface, Xbox, Windows Server and HoloLens.

As per a CNBC report, Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft shared the announcements and the changes with his team via a long email.

Myerson Out The reorg also entails a major executive departure.

All of this was wrapped up with a note from Nadella posted to Microsoft which said that "To truly get the best impact from our efforts, we will have to push ourselves to transcend Conway's law".

One of the changes was to the Windows and Devices organisation, with its boss Terry Myerson being required to clean out his desk But word on the street is that this is part of a broader move away from Windows as Vole's main focus.


Microsoft also plans to continue investing into their AI and Research engineering team, which was established approximately two years ago.

"Having a chief product officer is an indication that the company is leaning more into hardware products, not backing off", he told SiliconANGLE.

Most of the actual product groups will stay intact as Panos Panay (devices), Joe Belfiore (Windows), Kudo Tsunoda (new experiences and technology), and Brad Anderson (enterprise) will handle their respective divisions within the new group. This group will focus on how people interact with various computing devices, using multiple senses, Microsoft said in a memo.

Meanwhile, the Guthrie-helmed Cloud + AI Platform team will be responsible for driving "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)", Nadella wrote.

Scott Guthrie will lead the new Cloud + AI Platform group.

Nadella shared the news in an email to employees.

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