Microsoft's veteran windows head Terry Myerson to leave company

Friday, 30 Mar, 2018

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.

Restructuring moves laid out in a memo from chief executive Satya Nadella included the departure of longtime Microsoft executive and Windows head Terry Myerson. Its cloud and subscription businesses are growing, however. Now this week, another major shift has occurred, reorganising Microsoft, diminishing the role of the Windows group and putting more focus on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform. A couple of units that are now part of Microsoft's AI + Research group are going to be moving into Guthrie's new organization.

Telemetry data from Microsoft shows that 48% of Windows 10 PCs are still running it, while only 39% are running on Windows 7.

S mode has been well received for its security, faster boot times, better battery life, and consistency in performance over time, which has seen more than 20 partners bring Windows 10 S enabled devices to market.

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

The group "will ensure our AI platform and experience efforts are deeply grounded within Microsoft's core values and principles and benefit the broader society", Nadella wrote. He has served the company for 21 years, joining Microsoft after it purchased Interse Corporation, founded by Myerson.

Furthermore, WDG's other segment is being moved to Cloud+AI, which is to be led by Scott Guthrie, another Microsoft veteran.

This has pushed Microsoft to focus on the Internet cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and services for connected "Internet of Things" devices. Roanne Sones, who heads up technical engagement with OEMs and silicon vendors, will also be part of Zander's team. Jha also gets Microsoft's business helping corporations manage their mobile devices and software and a unit that develops new ways to interact with computers, like the HoloLens and XBox Kinect. In addition, Microsoft is creating an AI Perception and Mixed Reality group, to be led by Alex Kipman. Eric and team will take guidance on all AI-related areas from Harry Shum and work very closely with AI+R.

Outside of Windows and Devices, there are a few other noteworthy org changes revealed today, especially around AI. He led the Microsoft Exchange software team for eight years, until 2008. Joseph Sirosh and team will join this new group.