Microsoft is announcing a huge leadership change for Windows. The company is introducing a new leader for its Windows and Devices group — now the Experiences & Devices group — to lead its operating system and hardware efforts.
Rajesh Jha, previously the EVP of Office at Microsoft, will now be spearheading its new Experiences & Devices group. “The purpose of this team is to instill a unifying product ethos across our end-user experiences and devices,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Jha will be replacing Terry Myerson, who has long been the face of Windows and is also an integral part of Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team. But according to sources close to the matter, many of Microsoft’s employees haven’t been a huge fan of Myerson, with some celebrating Myerson’s departure with “#Terryble” on internal discussion groups.
In addition to that, Surface’s Panos Panay will now serve as Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer as part of the latest leadership changes under Jha within the Experiences & Devices group.
Myerson first moved to Windows products back in 2008 when he was given the responsibility to head Microsoft’s Windows Mobile efforts and was also leading the launch of Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Windows as a Service efforts — but he hasn’t only been responsible for Windows at Microsoft. In fact, as the EVP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group, Myerson has been responsible for many of Microsoft’s flagship consumer-oriented products — including products like Surface, Xbox, and HoloLens. Myerson is yet to announce where he’s heading next, but he we will continue to work at the company for the next several months.
Elsewhere, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie will now lead a new team focused on Cloud and AI, with Jason Zander being promoted as the EVP of Azure. With Guthrie now leading AI as well as Microsoft’s Cloud efforts, Harry Shum will continue to lead Microsoft’s Research and AI efforts, the company confirmed to Thurrott.com.
“Today’s announcement enables us to step up to this opportunity and responsibility across all our Solution Areas,” Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella said in an email to the firm’s employees. The leadership changes come at a critical stage for Microsoft. As the company expands its focus on its cloud business and cloud-driven products, the changes are expected to help the company innovate faster.