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01 April, 2018, 02:53 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
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As per a CNBC report, Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft shared the announcements and the changes with his team via a long email.

In an email to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined how the company is being arranged into three distinct engineering groups in the months ahead, namely Experiences & Devices, Cloud + AI Platform and AI + Research.

An interesting sign thus far is head of the Windows Insider program Dona Sarkar penning the latest Windows blog with Brandon LeBlanc and asking Windows 10 Insiders to sign for testing Office. For instance, one team will exclusively be working on augmented- and mixed-reality technologies while others focus on different tasks. Microsoft likes to release two major updates to Windows 10 each year, and the Spring Creators Update is the first release for 2018. There's a team now called "Experiences and Devices".

Microsoft said that elevates the role of Rajesh Jha, who will lead a team focused on user experience across devices that they encounter at home or work.

Ahead of this reorganization, Microsoft's corporate structure revolved around a handful of key teams like WDG, Office, Cloud and Enterprise, AI + Research and Gaming.

With Myerson's departure, Panos Panay will step up to the title of chief product officer.

Some responsibilities that were previously the purview of Gurdeep Singh Pall, head of Business AI at Microsoft, are also being transitioned as part of the reorg. "Products like Amazon's Echo are now the go-to for the future and the Alexa digital assistant is moving through the market encompassing everything from TVs to cars", he said.

The direction Microsoft is taking is apparently clear for a while. AI + Research, or AI + R in Microsoft for short, grew by 60 percent in the first year - from 5,000 people originally to almost 8,000 people - through hiring and acquisitions, and by bringing aboard additional teams from other parts of the company. According to Nadella's letter, the decision to group the two platforms together is driven by a desire to "accelerate our efforts to build a unified distributed computing infrastructure and application model". Meanwhile, the Cloud & AI Platform group was created in 2016 and has been led by Scott Guthrie since then. "The goal of the [Cloud + AI Platform] team is to drive platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the technology stack, starting with the distributed computing fabric (cloud and edge) to AI (infrastructure, run times, frameworks, tools and high-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition)".

"It also looks as if AI and cloud are interdependent, which makes ideal sense as the cloud is where most of the data is", Moorhead commented.

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