Microsoft shifts from Windows to Office, cloud

Microsoft shifts from Windows to Office, cloud

Microsoft shifts from Windows to Office, cloud

Microsoft on Thursday, March 29th announced a major reorganisation with the formation of two main engineering teams, one focused on experiences and devices and the other on cloud and AI platforms.

Nadella said that with this change comes transition, and he revealed that Terry Myerson is leaving Microsoft. He has been supervising the company's products including Surface, Xbox and HoloLens Mixed Reality and services such as Windows and Office.

Microsoft is also creating two new engineering teams focusing on artificial intelligence and its cloud business. This group will also house the Microsoft employees who work with external chipmakers and other equipment manufacturers, Nadella said. Putting those teams, which face fierce competition from the likes of Amazon (amzn), Google (googl), and Apple (aapl), together with Azure could help them catch on as cloud services.

"He thanks the company that he called "[his] work, [his] team, and [his] goal for 21 years" and plans to "now take some time to train for a half Ironman, learn to play the piano or guitar...[learn] more about genomics and robotics" and spend more quality time with his wife and kids. "Terry has been instrumental in helping me arrive at this new organizational structure", said Nadella. Myerson says that the Windows 10 has seen an uptick of 84% in the commercial usage.

"Joe Belfiore will continue leading our Windows experiences and will drive Windows innovation in partnership with the PC and device ecosystem", Nadella wrote.

Rajesh Jha, executive vice president, was tapped to lead the Experiences & Devices team.

Microsoft's Terry Myerson who has been leading Microsoft's efforts in transforming Windows from a slow to update OS into a more regularly updated product to keep Windows fresh is out after 21 years of service. "Computing experiences are evolving to include multiple senses and are no longer bound to one device at a time but increasingly spanning many as we move from home to work and on the go".

Jason Zander is being 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.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, will now lead the Cloud + AI Platform business. Harry Shum, the Executive VP of AI and Research will continue to lead that unit.

Enterprise Mobility and Management: Brad Anderson will continue to lead Microsoft's Windows Enterprise deployment and management efforts. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft had been shifting its focus to cloud and AI platforms, leveraging AI through its Garage initiative.

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