Microsoft doubles down on artificial intelligence in engineering reorganization


Microsoft just announced a big executive shakeup, which will see Terry Myerson depart as the company's executive vice president for the Windows and Devices group. Foley writes that the Experiences & Devices group is headed by Rajesh Jha, who's been in charge of Office since 2006.

Furthermore, WDG's other segment is being moved to Cloud+AI, which is to be led by Scott Guthrie, another Microsoft veteran. Myerson's departure also marks the end of WDG (Windows Devices Group) from the company's portfolio.

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Today Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17634 for PC to insiders on the Redstone 5 Skip Ahead ring. Amongst so many other things, Windows has been a platform to consider basic human creativity, how students will learn in the future, how surgeons can will operate in the future, and how people who are blind can use their device without a display. Jha will be replacing Terry Myerson, who has always been the face of Windows and is also an integral part of Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team.

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The CEO has appointed Microsoft Devices head Panos Panay chief product officer to lead hardware development. Certain parts of Microsoft's AI + Research group are also moving to Guthrie's organization. He will work with me on the transition over the coming months.

As part of the reorganization, work on Windows is set to be split up between two groups. Zander and Roanne Sones will be taking over the responsibility.

Microsoft's cloud business is the company's economic engine these days, hitting aggressive revenue targets earlier than expected with plenty of room to grow. He was responsible for supervising the company's products including Windows, Surface, Xbox, Windows Server and HoloLens Mixed Reality. 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.

New Experiences and Technology: Kudo Tsunoda will continue to lead this team to define how we engage users with high-value experiences to help them achieve more. In a blog post by the Dev Center Team, the new feature is explained with instructions for its use, but there are also a couple of ways the known user group can backfire.