Microsoft Diminishes Windows Role in Cloud-Focused Reorganization

30 March, 2018, 09:11 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • Microsoft Diminishes Windows Role in Cloud-Focused Reorganization

Chief Executive Satya Nadella reshaped the company again Thursday by establishing two main divisions - one focused on "experiences and devices" and the second on cloud and artificial intelligence platforms.

"Over the past several years, Terry and the WDG team transformed Windows to create a secure, always up-to-date, modern OS", said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft shares are up 0.7%. The stock has gained 38% in the past year. Jha has been at the company for 28 years and led much of the team that is credited with the success of the Office 365 cloud subscription service.

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"This is probably one of the most, if not the most, significant reorgs in the company's history with a new EVP [executive vice president] owning multi-billion dollar businesses and breaking up the largest legacy businesses", said an employee who's getting moved into one of the two expanding engineering groups. Joe Belfiore is leading the "Windows client experience", meaning the shell and cross-device experiences like Edge and Launcher. Ensuring that Microsoft's AI efforts are undertaken in a responsible manner, the company's internal AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER) Committee, established by Shum and Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, will shape policies regarding the potent technology at the company. 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.

Microsoft has announced another major reorganization as it prepares itself for an AI-first future.

In particular, now there's an executive vice president - a top Microsoft leadership position - just for Azure. Microsoft wouldn't say how many people work on AI + Research today. Or, for more discussion and troubleshooting advice, check out our Windows 10 Forums. While Kipman is taking on oversight of "perception"-related AI services, the overall AI Platform, Tools and Cognition Services, including Azure ML, Cognitive Services, and the Bot Framework, will be folded into a new "AI Platform, Tools and Cognitive Services" team under Eric Boyd, as part of Guthrie's organization". I want to thank Terry for his leadership on my team and across Microsoft. This new division will also include its teams working on augmented and mixed reality technologies. Cloud AI Platform Corporate VP Joseph Sirosh will join this new group, as well.

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