Microsoft Windows chief is leaving and it doesn't look great for future of Windows OS
Microsoft on Thursday announced one of the biggest re-organisations in the company's history, creating two new divisions and down-grading -- at least from operational point of view -- its focus on Windows. As part of re-organisation, the company also announced that senior executive Terry Myerson, who joined Microsoft 21 years ago and was heading the Windows division, is leaving the company.
In a memo to Microsoft employees, the company CEO Satya Nadela said that the re-organisation will "accelerate our innovation and better serve the needs of our customers and partners long into the future."
However, from the re-organisation it is clear that Microsoft seems to believe Windows will be more of sideshow for the company in future instead of its main focus. On Thursday Microsoft said that the teams working as part of Windows division will be folded into the other divisions. Primarily the resources will go to the two new divisions that Microsoft is creating. One division, which will be called Experiences & Devices, will be headed by executive vice president Rajesh Jha. The other division focussing on AI and cloud computing will be handled by executive vice president Scott Guthrie.
Two other prominent Windows executives -- Panos Panay looking after devices like Surface and Joe Belfiore looking after Windows experiences -- will continue to work on what they are seemingly working on.
But it is clear from the latest Microsoft reorganisation that CEO Satya Nadella believes the future of Microsoft lies in AI and cloud computing. Windows, for the company, has become an almost legacy services that it now supports because millions of people use it and not because it is something that is going to bring a lot of revenue to Microsoft.
The direction Microsoft is taking is apparently clear for a while. The company is increasingly focussing on enterprise technology and solutions such as Office 365 and not so much on Windows or devices. 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.
But Windows 10, despite being offered for almost free, has not been roaring success. People have adopted it but grudgingly, and now it seems that Microsoft just doesn't want to focus its energies on it.
This actually gives, in decades, a big advantage to Microsoft's chief competitor Apple. 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. With Microsoft focussing further on AI, cloud computing and enterprise solutions, chances are that MacBooks and iMacs may see another resurgence, especially in the high-end of the personal computer market.