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

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

Terry Myerson, who joined Microsoft when the company acquired his company Intersé in 1997, said he is filled with "gratitude for the experiences [he has] had and optimism for the future ahead, " in a recent post on his LinkedIn.

A new team, dubbed AI Perception & Mixed Reality, to be led by Alex Kipman, a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the inventor of the Kinect and HoloLens devices. 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.

"I see this first as cloud and services becoming even more important and that AI is an integral part of real products", said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

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Microsoft is reorganizing into two main divisions, with one focused on experiences and devices and another on cloud and AI platforms, the company announced Thursday. CEO Satya Nadella suggested today that Myerson will be assisting in the big transitions announced this week "over the coming months". 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.

The CEO has appointed Microsoft Devices head Panos Panay chief product officer to lead hardware development.

The Windows and Devices Group is no more.

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"Windows platform is already a core part of Azure across both the cloud and edge, and this shift will enable us to accelerate our efforts to build a unified distributed computing infrastructure and application model", Nadella says. "The objective of the [Cloud + AI Platform] team is to drive platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the technology stack, starting with the distributed computing fabric (cloud and edge) to AI (infrastructure, run times, frameworks, tools and high-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition)". Kudo Tsunoda and Brad Anderson will support New Experiences and Technology and Enterprise Mobility and Management.

Jason Zander has been promoted to executive vice president, Azure, and will lead this team. Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices will all fall under the team's purview. Eric Boyd is taking the reins of AI Cognitive Services & Platform, another new faction under Guthrie's purview.

The new team is being made with great precision. Harry Shum was named as the head of the research unit, which will focus on developing and fine-tuning new AI products. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft had been shifting its focus to cloud and AI platforms, leveraging AI through its Garage initiative.

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