Terry Myerson is no longer with Microsoft

Terry Myerson is no longer with Microsoft

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), is preparing for his "next chapter outside Microsoft", Nadella announced.

With the departure of Myerson, Microsoft has announced a massive reorganization of its engineering teams. One division, which will be called Experiences & Devices, will be headed by executive vice president Rajesh Jha. The new setup aims to leverage Microsoft's strongest businesses, like its Azure cloud service and Office 365 subscription software, while Windows gets deemphasized. The WDG is being disbanded and band leader Terry Myerson is retiring from Microsoft. New teams are also being formed, all with the goal of helping the Windows ecosystem reach its maximum potential. This group will also house the Microsoft employees who work with external chipmakers and other equipment manufacturers, Nadella said.

Brad Anderson will continue as head of enterprise mobility and management, leading Windows Enterprise deployment and management, "with even tighter alignment across Microsoft 365, partnering closely with the EMS [enterprise mobility and security] teams within Cloud + AI Platform", Nadella says. Prior to those roles, Myerson ran Windows Phone and the Exchange email server. AI + Research, or AI + R in Microsoft for short, grew by 60 percent in the first year - from 5,000 people originally to almost 8,000 people - through hiring and acquisitions, and by bringing aboard additional teams from other parts of the company.

"Having a chief product officer is an indication that the company is leaning more into hardware products, not backing off", he told SiliconANGLE. It will be led by Scott Guthrie, the current executive vice president for the Cloud and Enterprise Group. Myerson has been with the company since 1997, although he's only been in charge of Windows since 2013. Azure division will be led by Jason Zander, who has been promoted to Executive VP.

Meanwhile, the Guthrie-helmed Cloud + AI Platform team will be responsible for driving "platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the tech stack starting with the distributed computing fabric (cloud and edge) to AI (infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition)", Nadella wrote.

Harry Shum will continue to lead Microsoft's third engineering team, which focuses on A.I. and research and was established in 2016, Nadella said. 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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