Terry Myerson, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group speaks about Microsoft's Windows 10 "Creators Update" at a live Microsoft event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, October 26, 2016.
With the departure of Myerson, Microsoft has announced a massive reorganization of its engineering teams.
Much of the Windows software effort, called the Windows Platform Team, will move under cloud and enterprise software leader Scott Guthrie's group, along with several AI initiatives. The moves put two of Microsoft's biggest growth areas of cloud computing and Office productivity tools front and center, will shifting some of the focus away from Windows. The first group is developing the core technologies used by Microsoft's Mixed Reality device group and Azure customers working on augmented reality or virtual reality, while the second focuses on AI-driven cloud services that are made available to Azure customers.
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CEO Satya Nadella detailed the reorg in a memo to Microsoft employees, describing it as a way to "accelerate" the company's innovation around artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and mixed reality. Myerson's departure also marks the end of WDG (Windows Devices Group) from the company's portfolio.
The above is part of a wider Embracing Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge shake-up announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the official Microsoft Blog yesterday. 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.
Interestingly, the Windows platform team led by Harv Bhela, Henry Sanders and Michael Fortin joins the Azure team headed by Zander, Nadella says. Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices will all fall under the team's purview.
Analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group, meanwhile, sees Microsoft's new emphasis on hardware as part of a push to avoid falling behind the competition. Harry Shum, the Executive VP of AI and Research will continue to lead that unit. Ensuring that Microsoft's AI efforts are undertaken in a responsible manner, the company's internal AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER) Committee, established by Shum and Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, will shape policies regarding the potent technology at the company.