Microsoft restructures groups as Terry Myerson leaves the company

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				By			Costea Lestoc

"His strong contributions to Microsoft over 21 years from leading Exchange to leading Windows 10 leave a real legacy", Nadella wrote in the memo.

In a now-public e-mail to staff on Thursday, Nadella outlined how Microsoft will operate with two major divisions - one focusing on end-users with "experiences and devices" and another that will handle the "cloud and AI" side of the business.

The latest transition builds on earlier efforts to unite engineers who work on software with those that oversee hardware. Foley writes that the Experiences & Devices group is headed by Rajesh Jha, who's been in charge of Office since 2006.

In a LinkedIn post, Myerson thanked his colleagues and reflected on his time at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), where he first started working in 1997. Myerson was later made chief of WDG group, which includes Windows, Surface, Xbox, Windows Server and HoloLens.

Myerson's departure signals Nadella's continued push to make the Windows operating system less central to Microsoft's ambitions in the years ahead.

Brad Anderson will continue as head of enterprise mobility and management, leading Windows Enterprise deployment and management, "with even tighter alignment across Microsoft 365, partnering closely with the EMS [enterprise mobility and security] teams within Cloud + AI Platform", Nadella says. Windows 10 has done just fine in the nearly three years since it was released, but PC sales are sluggish at best.

The other part of the Windows team, dealing with the operating system will be merged into a new "experiences and devices" group.




With Myerson's departure, Panos Panay will step up to the title of chief product officer. Within this engineering team, Jason Zander will serve as executive vice president of Azure.

This has pushed Microsoft to focus on the internet cloud, artificial intelligence, and services for connected "internet of things" devices. "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".

The Windows and Devices Group is no more.

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

Nadella shared the news in an email to employees. 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.

"We'll talk more about these changes at the Q&A next week and the important work ahead", Nadella said.

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