Microsoft lets go of Windows chief as part of a major reorganisation

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According to ArsTechnica, the WDG has been split into Experiences and Devices and Cloud and AI (Artificial Intelligence) group.

More practically, the shake-up will see Terry Myerson depart and have his Windows and Devices division merged with Office under Rajesh Jha in what will be the "Experiences and Devices" unit.

Chief Product Officer is now on Panos Panay's business card, as he continues to run the Devices division.

In November 2017, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was on 600 million active monthly devices-up from 500 million in May 2017, as reported by our sister site ZDNet.

With today's moves, Microsoft is not throwing in the towel on Windows or its Surface line. Joe Belfiore is leading the "Windows client experience", meaning the shell and cross-device experiences like Edge and Launcher.

Combined, his departure and the restructuring have been widely characterized as a sign that Microsoft is moving to de-emphasize Windows and PCs as it pivots its business toward faster-growing technologies. We already saw a cloud-oriented focus with Microsoft's recent acquisitions, and this latest shift cements that further. It'll include Microsoft's mobile offerings, Windows, and its Microsoft 365 productivity suite.

No layoffs are expected as part of the reorganization. The first group is developing the core technologies used by Microsoft's Mixed Reality device group and Azure customers working on augmented reality or virtual reality, while the second focuses on AI-driven cloud services that are made available to Azure customers.

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. More recently, Myerson supervised the launched of Windows 10, which represented a major transition for the Windows ecosystem. "And although reviews left in the Store are shown only in the Reviews report in Dev Center, feedback left via Feedback Hub will be visible to everyone, so make sure your testers get you their input in some other way", Redmond's dev team said. The feature is now limited to Microsoft's Outlook, Hotmail, Live, and Office 365 services-anyone who uses Gmail, Yahoo, or Exchange Server calendars is going to miss out. To name a few, Jason Zander is being promoted to executive vice president, Azure; Alex Kipman will lead the AI perception & mixed reality team, Eric Boyd will lead the AI cognitive services and platform team, and Harry Shum will continue to head the third engineering team, AI + Research.