Microsoft reorg shakes up Windows group, Windows leader Terry Myerson departs
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a company reorganization today with major changes coming to the Windows and Devices Group (WDG)
The unit houses Windows development, Surface, and HoloLens.
The group is being split up.
A new unit, “Experiences & Devices” will be led by Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha.
Nadella also said that WDG’s leader, Terry Myerson, is departing the company.
The new naming suggests a downplaying of Windows—still a major money-maker for the company—but not its abandonment.
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.
The Windows platform has many masters. It is important for both Microsoft’s client and server businesses.
These online services—both end-user facing ones like OneDrive and enterprise ones such as Intune—will be core to monetizing Windows going forward, and we can expect to see further development and promotion of bundles such as Microsoft 365, which combines Office 365 with Windows 10 and mobile management.