Microsoft plans to restructure into two divisions: Devices and AI, cloud

01 April, 2018, 02:55 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
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In a major reorganisation at American technology giant Microsoft, its Windows Chief Terry Myerson is leaving the company after spending 21 years.

The latest transition builds on earlier efforts to unite engineers who work on software with those that oversee hardware.

More practically, the shake-up will see Terry Myerson depart and have his Windows and Devices division merged with Office under Rajesh Jha in what will be the "Experiences and Devices" unit. Nadella also said that WDG's leader, Terry Myerson, is departing the company. For instance, one team will exclusively be working on augmented- and mixed-reality technologies while others focus on different tasks. Myerson's departure without a supporting statement may indicate there was a clash between Myerson and Satya Nadella in the direction of Windows.

He will transition out of Microsoft in the coming months, according to Nadella. Windows 10 has done just fine in the nearly three years since it was released, but PC sales are sluggish at best.

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Panos Panay, who now has the title of chief product officer. "The goal 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 company therefore wants to bring Windows, Office, and third-party applications and devices into a more cohesive Microsoft 365 experience. Jason Zander was promoted to lead the Azure team as Executive Vice President, Azure. This group will focus on how people interact with various computing devices, using multiple senses, Microsoft said in a memo. The team will be zeroed in on Microsoft's mobile offerings, Windows, and its Microsoft 365 productivity suite for the most part.

Nadella told employees he would be releasing more plans around the re-org next week in a special company Q&A session. Harry Shum, executive vice president of AI & Research, will continue to head up that somewhat streamlined organization, which Microsoft created in 2016. Scott Guthrie who now head the Cloud division will lead this second engineering group focused on cloud and AI technology including Azure.

Enterprise Mobility and Management: Brad Anderson will continue to lead Microsoft's Windows Enterprise deployment and management efforts.

"Among other steps, we are investing in strategies and tools for detecting and addressing bias in AI systems and implementing new requirements established by the GDPR", Nadella said of the new project.

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