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

30 March, 2018, 09:12 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Satya Nadella chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp speaks during the Microsoft Inspire partner conference at the Verizon Center in Washington DC US

The company is creating two new teams: one focused on "Experience & Devices" with another focused on "Cloud + AI", said CEO Satya Nadella in an email to employees published by Microsoft. Scott Guthrie, the executive vice president in charge of Microsoft's Azure business, will lead that group.

Microsoft is losing a longtime veteran in Terry Myerson, the executive vice president for its Windows and Devices group, who is bidding farewell to the company as it undergoes a major shakeup in upper management. "His strong contributions to Microsoft over 21 years from leading Exchange to leading Windows 10 leave a real legacy".

This story is developing.

"Today, I'm announcing the formation of two new engineering teams to accelerate our innovation and better serve the needs of our customers and partners long into the future", Mr. Nadella wrote.

He will transition out of Microsoft in the coming months, according to Nadella.

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More big changes could be on the way for Windows soon.

Ahead of this reorganization, Microsoft's corporate structure revolved around a handful of key teams like WDG, Office, Cloud and Enterprise, AI + Research and Gaming.

"A unified platform-driven approach to product development and delivery should be beneficial for Microsoft", said Mark Moerdler, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, in a report.

After dropping the bombshell that head of Windows development will be departing from Microsoft, the Windows team manages to keep the wheels of progress greased and running as they seed build 17634 to Skip Ahead Insider participants. In this one, Windows is going to be cleaved into a couple of parts - all in the name of making Microsoft over to focus on its high-growth businesses. Panos Panay will continue to lead Surface devices with the new title of chief product officer. The new team will oversee all Microsoft's speech, vision, mixed reality, and other perception capabilities, and it will continue to build first-party experiences and cloud services for third parties on Azure. Azure division will be led by Jason Zander, who has been promoted to Executive VP. Cortana Show Me isn't a standalone app: It's a series of guides built in to the existing Cortana utility that are supposed to make it easier for people to navigate common tasks like changing a desktop background, uninstalling an app, or changing Wi-Fi settings. Microsoft's AI work, headed up by Harry Shum, will also move into this single team. Eric Boyd is taking the reins of AI Cognitive Services & Platform, another new faction under Guthrie's purview.

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