Microsoft's latest reorg shifts focus from Windows to Cloud

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Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson, who will focus on "Windows Enterprise deployment and management efforts with even tighter alignment across Microsoft 365".

Microsoft on Thursday announced a major reorganization that has significant implications for its Windows business.

This has pushed Microsoft to focus on the internet cloud, artificial intelligence, and services for connected "internet of things" devices.

Nadella outlined the changes in a blog post where he explains how computing is more powerful and ubiquitous from the cloud to the edge, artificial intelligence capabilities are rapidly advancing, and physical and virtual worlds are continuing to come converge. He oversaw its Exchange and Windows 10 products.

As part of this shakeup, Windows team leader, Terry Myerson, will be leaving Microsoft. Myerson has spent the last 21 years at the company and has helped spearhead the Windows 10 release and also worked on Xbox One and Surface devices.

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

Surface Chief Panos Panay will now serve as Chief Product Officer to "further [Microsoft's] product ethos across hardware and software boundaries for our first-party devices". Two early tasks will be to detect whether AI systems have accidentally incorporated biased points of view and to make sure all Microsoft's efforts abide by the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation. The company wrote that the flaw affected all Windows versions to date, and noted that the vastness of the issue was great given that "RDP is the most popular application to perform remote logins". "The goal of this team is to drive platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the tech stack", the CEO wrote in an email to employees released by Microsoft. Roanne Sones will continue to lead our technical engagement with OEMs, ODMs and silicon vendors, and her team will also join Jason's team. I am so proud of the teams I have had the honor to lead. Alex Kipman was assigned to lead a new team called "AI Perception & Mixed Reality (MR)". Most of the company's other AI tools will move under the wing of a new AI Cognitive Services & Platform group.

After dropping the bombshell that head of Windows development will be departing from Microsoft, the Windows team manages to keep the wheels of progress greased and running as they seed build 17634 to Skip Ahead Insider participants.

Nadella shared the news in an email to employees.

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