Microsoft Restructuring Sees Exit Of Veteran Terry Myerson

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.

Build 17634 was probably already in the can before Microsoft planned to announce Terry Myerson's departure, but it'll be interesting to see how the company prioritizes Windows development, treatment of Insider testing and access to engineers in the future.

Alex Kipman, the man behind both Kinect and HoloLens, will continue to work on HoloLens as part of a new team called AI Perception and Mixed Reality Services. Microsoft says pieces of Windows and Devices Group (WDG) will become part of these new engineering units.

As always, we went deep into the upcoming Windows 10 update and made an in-depth video walkthrough showcasing all the noteworthy new changes and features that are coming in the update. He announced the formation of two new engineering teams - one focused on experiences and devices, and a second focused on cloud and artificial intelligence (AI). Zander's group will also include Roanne Sones, manager for the Strategy and Ecosystem team, which is responsible for working with Microsoft's OEMs and silicon vendors.

Scott Guthrie, the most prominent face in Microsoft's Senior Management team and head of company's cloud division, will further drive Nadella's vision of "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge".

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On the Devices side, Panos Panay will now serve as Chief Product Officer.

The cloud unit will include Azure, lead by new executive VP Jason Zander who will also oversee a "Windows platform" unit run by the trio of Harv Bhela, Henry Sanders and Michael Fortin. But Microsoft's Azure cloud business is booming, as is the growing revenue from business software subscriptions like Office 365 and Dynamics 365. His strong contributions to Microsoft over 21 years from leading Exchange to leading Windows 10 leave a real legacy.

New Experiences and Technology: Kudo Tsunoda will continue to lead this team. The name is fairly self-explanatory, as Guthrie will head up development of Microsoft's cloud services and its AI and augmented reality research and development. Now with 15 million members, you continue to make our product and our team better each and every day. The team will be zeroed in on Microsoft's mobile offerings, Windows, and its Microsoft 365 productivity suite for the most part.

The existing AI and Research Group, which was formed in 2016, will remain under the watch of Executive Vice President Harry Shum.

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