The Cloud + AI group will also be absorbing some other parts of Microsoft, including the AI research team.
Myerson's departure could mean a new road for Microsoft, where the company focuses on leveraging Google's Android platforms to simply get more users onto its services.
The companies new "experiences and devices" team will shift its own focus toward designing and building gadgets and services that integrate better with AI. In fact, Windows is something that it is hoping to move to cloud for a while, something evident from Windows 10 that differs significantly compared to older operating system versions like Windows 7. He was also a member of Microsoft's Senior Leadership team for the past several years. In a memo to employees laying out the reorg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called out AI as one of the technologies that will "shape the next phase of innovation".
Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, will now lead the Cloud + AI Platform business. Panos Panay, previously VP of Devices, will now become chief product officer, furthering the company's product ethos across hardware and software boundaries for first-party devices, while creating new categories and opportunities for the entire ecosystem. Business AI will be merged with business applications under James Phillips, while Eric Lockard will lead a cloud + AI division and Alex Kipman will handle the cloud side of the mixed reality business and Eric Boyd will handle AI cognitive services- things like Azure's machine learning tools. Kudo Tsunoda and Brad Anderson will support New Experiences and Technology and Enterprise Mobility and Management.
Rajesh Jha has been with Microsoft since 1990, and has been heading the development and engineering teams for Office 365. Jason Zander is being promoted from corporate vice president to executive vice president of Azure. One of the last public appearances made by Myerson was in December during the Qualcomm-Windows platform event. The team will be zeroed in on Microsoft's mobile offerings, Windows, and its Microsoft 365 productivity suite for the most part. That's a sign of Microsoft's ongoing hybrid cloud strategy; it views Windows, whether on-premises or in the cloud, as part of a unified cloud platform. "He will work with me on the transition over the coming months". Two early tasks will be to detect whether AI systems have accidentally incorporated biased points of view and to make sure all Microsoft's efforts abide by the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation.
The existing AI and Research Group, which was formed in 2016, will remain under the watch of Executive Vice President Harry Shum.