Nadella rejigs core Microsoft team, Windows chief quits

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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.

Microsoft on Thursday, March 29th announced a major reorganisation with the formation of two main engineering teams, one focused on experiences and devices and the other on cloud and AI platforms. 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.

Rajesh Jha will "expand his existing responsibilities" to lead a team called Experiences & Devices.

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Microsoft has chose to lump together its cloud services with its AI research-combining the two is a big business, with Google, Amazon, and Chinese firms all providing stiff competition. Guthrie's team will also oversee Windows Server and mixed reality, including Hololens. CEO Satya Nadella suggested today that Myerson will be assisting in the big transitions announced this week "over the coming months". Myerson's departure also marks the end of WDG (Windows Devices Group) from the company's portfolio.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has no easy task steering the company well past the era of its personal computing dominance, through the current cloud and mobile-oriented period and into the AI and possibly VR driven future. 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. Terry Myerson, the man behind Windows' growth so far, has resigned. Jason Zander was promoted to lead the Azure team as Executive Vice President, Azure.

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Analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group, meanwhile, sees Microsoft's new emphasis on hardware as part of a push to avoid falling behind the competition. Executive vice president Scott Guthrie will head the new A.I. and cloud team, Nadella said.

The AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER) Committee will be led by Shum and Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal officer.

"Among other steps, we are investing in strategies and tools for detecting and addressing bias in AI systems and implementing new requirements established by the GDPR", Nadella said of the new project.

Nadella told employees he would be releasing more plans around the re-org next week in a special company Q&A session.

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