Terry Myerson is no longer with Microsoft

30 March, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Lora Ball
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Myerson leaves after 21 years, and nearly three years in what some have called the hardest job at Microsoft - trying to build a device business after the company exited the phone handset business, while charting the future of Windows in a world that is moving away from the client-computing model that it led. Last year, Microsoft laid the groundwork created to make Windows part of a recurring subscription business via Microsoft 365, which is a bundle of Windows 10, Office 365, and elements of the Enterprise Security + Mobility service. Terry Myerson, the man behind Windows' growth so far, has resigned. Its cloud and subscription businesses are growing, however.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has sought to sell those technologies to cloud customers as new ways to oversee workers, manage equipment and offer training in corporate environments. However, as MSPowerUser noted, Microsoft is trying to combat this by making Windows more versatile and adopting features that are similar to those used on mobile systems.

With today's moves, Microsoft is not throwing in the towel on Windows or its Surface line.

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

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Windows: Joe Belfiore will continue leading our Windows experiences and will drive Windows innovation in partnership with the PC and device ecosystem. And Corporate VP Brad Anderson, whose team joined the Windows organization late a year ago, will continue to run Windows Enterprise Deployment and Management.

Microsoft is moving some of Myerson's other former lieutenants to Guthrie's Cloud & AI division. Nadella has selected Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of the Office 365 group, to lead it. This team will continue to build first-party products and the core building block cloud services for third parties on Azure.

AI Perception & Mixed Reality (MR): Alex Kipman will lead this new team, which brings together all our speech, vision, MR and additional perception capabilities into one team. In a note to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the formation of two new engineering teams, one that will be focused on "Experiences & Devices" and another to lead its "Cloud + AI" efforts. Eric and team will take guidance on all AI-related areas from Harry Shum and work very closely with AI+R. The sources also mentioned that Microsoft is now going through a last check of the code for the update and will be rolled out as Build 17133. Cloud AI Platform Corporate VP Joseph Sirosh will join this new group, as well.

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