Terry Myerson - EVP of Microsoft, Is Leaving As The Company Re-organizes

by Linda Olson April 1, 2018, 2:53
Terry Myerson - EVP of Microsoft, Is Leaving As The Company Re-organizes

Part of the reshuffle includes the departure of long-time Microsoft executive Terry Myerson, who leads the current Windows and Devices group.

Photo Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and devices group, will be departing as part of the reorganization.

Microsoft is also creating two new engineering teams focusing on artificial intelligence and its cloud business. Rajesh Jha, who is now executive vice president of Microsoft's Office product group, will lead the experiences and devices team, according to Nadella's e-mail.

Additionally, Microsoft has promoted Jason Zander to executive vice president, and he will oversee the company's Azure cloud computing service.

Windows chief Terry Myerson is leaving Microsoft.

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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. "He will work with me on the transition over the coming months", Nadella said in an internal email to employees on Thursday. Myerson said that the commercial usage of the latest Windows version has also improved 84% year over year.

The reorganization is "really doubling down on the cloud as the fundamental platform for Microsoft", said Ed Anderson, an analyst at Gartner. Windows 10 has done just fine in the nearly three years since it was released, but PC sales are sluggish at best.

"Having a chief product officer is an indication that the company is leaning more into hardware products, not backing off", he told SiliconANGLE. Myerson and the WDG team transformed Windows to create a secure, always up-to-date, modern operating system (OS). Putting those teams, which face fierce competition from the likes of Amazon (amzn), Google (googl), and Apple (aapl), together with Azure could help them catch on as cloud services. One of the last public appearances made by Myerson was in December during the Qualcomm-Windows platform event.

Some responsibilities that were previously the purview of Gurdeep Singh Pall, head of Business AI at Microsoft, are also being transitioned as part of the reorg. Eric Boyd, now corporate vice president of AI data and infrastructure will lead a new AI Cognitive Services & Platform team and drive Microsoft's a variety of AI and machine learning services. Harry Shum was named as the head of the research unit, which will focus on developing and fine-tuning new AI products. Dubbed AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER), the project will have the joint aims of preventing Skynet and covering Microsoft's ass from a legal standpoint.

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