Microsoft reveals major executive overhaul

Microsoft reveals major executive overhaul

Microsoft reveals major executive overhaul

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.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft's windows and devices group, is leaving the company while it undergoes a reorganization that will divide it into two main focus areas - experiences and devices, and cloud and artificial intelligence platforms, CNBC reports.

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

Microsoft is about to implement a major restructuring plan where the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) will be split into two separate and more focussed groups.

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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.

Myerson's departure could mean a new road for Microsoft, where the company focuses on leveraging Google's Android platforms to simply get more users onto its services. CEO Satya Nadella sent an email to all Microsoft personal to let them know of the upcoming changes. Myerson's departure also marks the end of WDG (Windows Devices Group) from the company's portfolio. "With this backdrop, it makes sense for Microsoft to reorganize around cloud - Azure, Office, AI - the segments with huge runways and growth potential", said Anurag Agrawal, CEO and analyst at Techaisle. It'll include Microsoft's mobile offerings, Windows, and its Microsoft 365 productivity suite. Alex Kipman, inventor of HoloLens and other devices, will lead a new AI Perception and Mixed Reality team that brings Microsoft's efforts in speech, vision, mixed reality and other perception capabilities under one umbrella.

Panos Panay, who now has the title of chief product officer. Myerson has been with the company since 1997, although he's only been in charge of Windows since 2013. Jason Zander was promoted to lead the Azure team as Executive Vice President, Azure. Certain parts of Microsoft's AI + Research group are also moving to Guthrie's organization. Harry Shum was named as the head of the research unit, which will focus on developing and fine-tuning new AI products. Eric Boyd, now corporate vice president of AI data and infrastructure will lead a new AI Cognitive Services & Platform team and drive Microsoft's a variety of AI and machine learning services.

AI Ethics Group Nadella also announced the formation of a new committee charged with navigating the legal and ethical issues resulting from advances in AI.

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