Microsoft Executive Myerson to Leave Amid Corporate Restructuring

Windows devices chief and longtime Microsoft executive Terry Myerson will leave the company as part of the moves.

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.

Rajesh Jha will lead a new team focussed upon Experiences & Devices. The first group is developing the core technologies used by Microsoft's Mixed Reality device group and Azure customers working on augmented reality or virtual reality, while the second focuses on AI-driven cloud services that are made available to Azure customers.

The 700 million active users range from laptops, tablets, Xbox One, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, HoloLens and more. They also talked about Myerson's plans after the transition completes (and the significant changes will be smoothed thanks to Myerson's cooperation over the coming months). In fact, Windows is something that it is hoping to move to cloud for a while, something evident from Windows 10 that differs significantly compared to older operating system versions like Windows 7.

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"Having a chief product officer is an indication that the company is leaning more into hardware products, not backing off", he told SiliconANGLE.

Myerson's Windows and Devices Group (WDG) is being broken up. The future of Windows is bright as we continue to innovate across new scenarios and device form factors, and more deeply connect to our Microsoft 365 offerings.

The letter also lists that Jason Zander will take over as the executive VP of Microsoft Azure. Zander is also inheriting the Windows platform team to help create a more "unified distributed computing infrastructure and application model".

"This reorganization clearly outlines Microsoft's priorities-cloud, coupled with AI, and an improved experience for users of Microsoft's applications", Ed Anderson, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, told eWEEK. Scott Guthrie who now head the Cloud division will lead this second engineering group focused on cloud and AI technology including Azure. 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. For instance, Nadella said, "we are investing in strategies and tools for detecting and addressing bias in AI systems and implementing new requirements established by the GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation]".

  • Desiree Holland