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.
In a LinkedIn post, Myerson thanked his colleagues and reflected on his time at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), where he first started working in 1997. He oversaw numerous company's products and services, including Windows, Xbox, and HoloLens. The erstwhile Window team has been divided into two engineering teams. Nadella wrote in a memo to employees that Myerson will work with him through a transition period "over the coming months". "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)". "The objective of this team is to drive platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the tech stack", the CEO wrote in an email to employees released by Microsoft. "Terry has been instrumental in helping me arrive at this new organisational structure, and I deeply appreciate his leadership and insight as we've worked through the opportunity that lies ahead". In fact, Windows is something that it is hoping to move to cloud for a while, something evident from Windows 10 that differs significantly compared to older operating system versions like Windows 7.
Jha will be supported by Joe Belfiore, who rejoined after a year long break as lead for Windows experiences.
Windows devices chief and longtime Microsoft executive Terry Myerson will leave the company as part of the moves.
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One team will focus on the cloud and AI, the other on what the software giant calls "experiences and devices".
On the Devices side, Panos Panay will now serve as Chief Product Officer. Azure division will be led by Jason Zander, who has been promoted to Executive VP. "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".
Scott Guthrie will expand his existing responsibilities to lead a new team focused on Cloud + AI Platform. Dubbed AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER), the project will have the joint aims of preventing Skynet and covering Microsoft's ass from a legal standpoint.