After 21 years, Terry Myerson checks out from Microsoft in latest restructure

Ignacio Smith
March 30, 2018

Microsoft is carving up Myerson's Windows and Devices Group (WDG), moving some pieces of it into one of two new engineering units announced this morning.

As a result of the reorganization efforts, Rajesh Jha will take on the position as the chief of the new Experiences & Devices team. The restructuring comes as the Microsoft Windows chief, Terry Myerson will be leaving the company after 21 years.

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"I would expect both Windows as a Service and Azure Stack to accelerate".

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April 10 falls on a Tuesday which follows in-line to when the company releases OS updates for their Windows platform. The RS5 would be the last Redstone release as the software giant will release new versions of Windows 10 with a name referring to the release date. Nowadays with Nadella in charge, the company is shifting its focus to other areas, like mobile and cloud computing, in search of additional growth. Harry Shum, executive vice president of AI & Research, will continue to head up that somewhat streamlined organization, which Microsoft created in 2016. Roanne Sones will continue to lead our technical engagement with OEMs, ODMs and silicon vendors, and her team will also join Jason's team. Belfiore will be responsible for sharing more of the Windows roadmap at the company's Build developer conference in May. The Microsoft's vision statement from 2017 specifically added a reference to artificial intelligence, saying its strategy is to build "best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with artificial intelligence".

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Nadella shared that he believes the shake up will help Microsoft meet the company's responsibilities and challenges looking ahead, like what's next for its "intelligent cloud" and "intelligent edge", how fast AI is progressing, and how our physical and virtual realities are merging with AR.

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