Microsoft is announcing a major shakeup of the Windows organization, with longtime EVP Terry Myerson stepping down to be replaced by four new leaders in a new restructuring. In a letter to employees by CEO Satya Nadella, he announces that Myerson will “pursue his next chapter outside Microsoft.” Myerson will stick around for the next few months to assist in the transition.
(note: edited to clarify the org structure) The restructuring will involve creation of two new engineering teams, breaking the previous Windows organization down into three major groups under Experiences and Devices, led by Rajesh Jha. These will include Panos Panay’s Devices team, Windows Experiences led by Joe Belfiore, Kudo Tsunoda leading New Experiences and Technology, and Brad Anderson continuing to lead Enterprise Mobility and Management.
Scott Guthrie will expand his role to lead a new team, Cloud and Platform, and Jason Zander is being promoted to Executive Vice President to lead Azure. Finally, Harry Shum will continue to lead AI and Research. This leaves Microsoft with three major engineering teams, Experiences and Devices, Cloud + Platform, and AI + Research.
This is a huge shakeup at Microsoft, pushing them closer to a company focused on AI and Machine learning and other new technologies while attempting to reduce some of the bloat that has long inflicted Windows.
We’ll have lots more on Microsoft’s transition as it happens, stay tuned to OnMSFT.com!Further reading: corporate strategy, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson, Windows