Microsoft reorganises, with eye for cloud, AI

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In a post at LinkedIn, Windows and Devices Group Executive Vice President Myerson described it as "an emotional day" sharing news of his departure after 21 years at Microsoft.

Giving a fresh impetus to his vision of achieving Intelligent Cloud and Edge, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has realigned duties of his core senior team, announcing that Terry Myerson, Head of Windows and Devices Group (WDG), was leaving the company.

Much of the Windows software effort, called the Windows Platform Team, will move under cloud and enterprise software leader Scott Guthrie's group, along with several AI initiatives.

Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of Microsoft Office, will lead the Experiences & Devices unit, which is home to Windows.

Today, cloud services from Amazon, Microsoft and Google have become the internet equivalent of Windows, the dominant operating system of the personal computer era. Myerson's departure also marks the end of WDG (Windows Devices Group) from the company's portfolio.

Microsoft is actually coming into the game a little behind when it comes to merging together cloud services with AI research. One of my deeply held lessons from my Exchange days was the importance of that feedback loop with customers and fans, and that's why we created the Windows Insider Program so we could build Windows 10 led by your feedback.

Panos Panay, who now has the title of chief product officer.

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"Joe Belfiore will continue leading our Windows experiences and will drive Windows innovation in partnership with the PC and device ecosystem", Nadella wrote. Jason Zander was promoted to lead the Azure team as Executive Vice President, Azure. "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".

Analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group, meanwhile, sees Microsoft's new emphasis on hardware as part of a push to avoid falling behind the competition.

They join the existing Microsoft AI & Research group, led by research chief Harry Shum, to form three massive engineering groups inside the Redmond tech giant. Still, under Nadella, who took over in 2014, the company has stayed relevant and boosted sales by focusing on cloud services and subscription versions of its popular work tools.

Enterprise Mobility and Management: Brad Anderson will continue to lead Microsoft's Windows Enterprise deployment and management efforts.

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

Nadella told employees he would be releasing more plans around the re-org next week in a special company Q&A session.