Microsoft Takes Spotlight Off Windows in AI-Focused Reorg

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One team will focus on the cloud and AI, the other on what it calls "experiences and devices".

USA -based tech giant Microsoft announced a major reorganization Thursday, forming two main teams that will better address innovation and customers.

A new team, dubbed AI Perception & Mixed Reality, to be led by Alex Kipman, a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the inventor of the Kinect and HoloLens devices.

New Engineering Teams Under Jha, the new Experiences & Devices team will be responsible for creating "a unifying product ethos across our end-user experiences and devices", particularly for mobile and multi-device users, according to Nadella. He announced the formation of two new engineering teams - one focused on experiences and devices, and a second focused on cloud and artificial intelligence (AI). Mr. Nadella succeeded Steven A. Ballmer, the longtime ally and friend of Microsoft's co-founder, Bill Gates. In an email sent out to employees today (via WSJ), Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, explained that the reorganisational shift is a way to remove boundaries that "get in the way of innovation".

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Microsoft on Thursday announced a big managerial shakeup including the departure of the head of its Windows group as the technology pushes deeper into a future in the cloud. Microsoft Store data still says that there are more than 600 million active devices using Windows 10.

Windows devices chief and longtime Microsoft executive Terry Myerson will leave the company as part of the moves. But Microsoft's Azure cloud business is booming, as is the growing revenue from business software subscriptions like Office 365 and Dynamics 365. The Enterprise Mobility and Management and New Experiences and Technology groups will continue to be run by Brad Anderson and Kudo Tsunoda, respectively.

Jason Zander has been promoted to executive vice president, Azure, and will lead this team. "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". Eric Boyd is taking the reins of AI Cognitive Services & Platform, another new faction under Guthrie's purview.

The latest restructuring comes just nine months after a previous restructuring, that focused more on massive redundancies as Redmond sought to better position its sales, marketing and customer support teams to sell and support cloud apps and services. Harry Shum, executive vice president of AI & Research, will continue to head up that somewhat streamlined organization, which Microsoft created in 2016.

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