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As the Microsoft Fiscal Calendar Nears End, Exec Shuffles Continue

With a month to go until the end of Microsoft's fiscal year, the executive shuffles continue in the Windows business.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled a huge shift in a March 29 memo that revealed a reorganization whose headline departure would be the head of the Windows and Devices Group and longtime Microsoft veteran Terry Myerson. Myerson was to stay at Microsoft for a while to help with the transition.

The reorg was widely viewed as Nadella demoting Windows, the longtime centerpiece of Microsoft's strategy, to further emphasize artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and mixed reality.

To execute on the strategy, Nadella formed two new engineering units. One was Experiences & Devices, led by Corporate Vice President Rajesh Jha. The other was Cloud + AI Platform, led by Scott Guthrie, head of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise.

All About Microsoft's Mary Jo Foley reported Thursday that the executive moves, even among those specifically named as continuing their positions in the March memo, are not finished.

Kudo Tsunoda is out as corporate vice president for Next Gen Experiences, Foley reported. Tsunoda had reported to Jha and was focused on mixed reality, 3-D, story remix, photos, HoloLens and other related projects. Foley reported that Tsunoda is looking for another role inside the company and the team has been disbanded and moved to other places.

Several teams in other areas are also being shifted around. Some teams on Executive Vice President Jason Zander's Azure and Windows engineering organization are moving into Jha's unit, and the design team and Windows Insider program are moving from Windows engineering into Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore's Windows client experience team, Foley reported.

Posted by Scott Bekker on 06/01/2018 at 12:56 PM


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