Microsoft shifts focus from Windows to productivity products, cloud

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Microsoft shifts focus from Windows to productivity products, cloud

Nadella said these technological advances "represent a tremendous opportunity for our customers, our partners - everyone".

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. Myerson's departure without a supporting statement may indicate there was a clash between Myerson and Satya Nadella in the direction of Windows.

Microsoft Corp on Thursday said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of its Windows and devices business, will be leaving the company amid a major management reshuffle.

The Windows platform has many masters. In the last five or so years, Apple's Mac sales have grown significantly, no doubt helped in parts by Microsoft taking focus away from Windows.

In making the change, Nadella invoked Conway's Law, a 1960's adage that holds a company's software will be structured in much the same way as the company itself. Nadella is also putting Office chief Rajesh Jha in charge of the newly created Experiences & Devices team.

The shuffle moves work on Windows to the same team handling Microsoft's Azure cloud software.

Nadella's explanation for what he put under Guthrie was laden with industry jargon, but the point is to allow Microsoft to offer its apps and services via the cloud to everything from mobile phones to corporate servers.

With this reorg, Microsoft strives to become the essential business-infrastructure company. "This is why a growth mindset culture matters". Within this engineering team, Jason Zander will serve as executive vice president of Azure.

We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to change the display resolution when there were 4 or more monitors connected, due to the confirmation prompt hanging when you selected "Keep changes".

According to StatCounter, Windows 10 is more popular than Windows 7, while on the other hand, NetMarketShare claims that the latest operating system is yet to overtake Windows 7. It will be responsible the development of Azure and the company's rapidly growing portfolio of artificial intelligence tools, a good portion of which are hosted on the cloud platform. New teams are also being formed, all with the goal of helping the Windows ecosystem reach its maximum potential. Boyd will be joined by Joseph Sirosh, head of AI and Research at Microsoft.

"This reorganization clearly outlines Microsoft's priorities-cloud, coupled with AI, and an improved experience for users of Microsoft's applications", Ed Anderson, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, told eWEEK.

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