Microsoft Reorganizes Experiences, Devices, Client, Product, And Education Teams

By Amit Chowdhry ● February 6, 2020
  • Microsoft has made a number of management changes for its experiences, devices, client, product, and education teams. Here’s the details.

Microsoft has made a number of management changes for its experiences, devices, client, product, and education teams.

Several changes have been made to the Experiences and Devices unit headed up by Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha. Specifically, the Windows Experience (client) and the hardware teams will be rolled into a single team according to ZDNet. And this team will report to Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. This change will go into effect on February 25.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore has been the head of the Windows Experience business under Jha. And now Belfiore is going to be shifted as an executive for Office. Specifically, Belfiore and Ales Holecek will be leading the Office Experience Group (OXO) team. Belfiore will continue leading the EPIC (Essential Products Inclusive Community), which includes mobile apps on Android, iOS, and Microsoft News.

The management shift does not affect Microsoft’s COSINE (Core OS and Intelligent Edge) team. The COSINE team will continue running under the Azure Engineering organization headed by Executive Vice President Jason Zander. And these changes do not affect the strategic priorities for Jha’s Experiences and Devices team.

“Personally I’m very excited to lead the Windows Client for Microsoft, which will help us streamline our decision-making processes, be clear on our priorities, and deliver the best end-user experiences from silicon through operating systems across all Microsoft apps and service-connected devices (OEMs and Surface),” wrote Panay in an internal email obtained by ZDNet. “We believe this will make the Windows Client experience better for the entire PC ecosystem. Designing hardware and software together will enable us to do a better job on our long term Windows bets (dual screen, silicon diversity, connectivity, app platform, etc.) and having a single point of Windows Client Experience leadership driving consistent priorities and resourcing across all of Windows client will help all of us accelerate innovation and improve execution. This is such an amazing time and opportunity to bring more energy to Windows and our customers using Windows. It won’t be easy, but extending our growth will be key for our company strategy.”

Another management shift involves Windows Product and Education corporate vice president Eran Megiddo. Megiddo was responsible for leading the direction of the Windows client since May 2019. And now he is going to focus on Modern Life Experiences (MLX) and Education.

Here are some of the other changes that are happening at Microsoft:
– Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brian Macdonald — who runs Microsoft Teams — is retiring but will work part-time with Jha as a consultant
– Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper will lead Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint
– Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Microsoft 365 Kirk Koenigsbauer is going to become the chief operating officer for Jha’s team