Microsoft announces that it will merge its hardware and Windows equipment into a new division
Microsoft announces merger between its hardware and Windows divisions for closer integration between its operating system and Surface laptops
- Surface creator Panos Panay will lead a new division that will oversee the development of Windows hardware and software
- Panay announced the change in an email, with the change scheduled for February 25.
- The head of the old Windows division, Joe Belfiore, will move to the Office team
Today, Microsoft announced a major corporate restructuring that will merge its hardware team with the Windows group.
The new group will be called "Windows + Devices" and will be supervised by Panos Panay.
Panay previously created the company's portable-tablet hybrid, Surface, and led the hardware division responsible for keeping it updated.
Panos Panay (pictured above) will take over a newly formed group of & # 39; Windows Devices + & # 39 ;, which merges the company's hardware and software equipment
The official change will take effect on February 25, according to a report by ZDNet.
Panay made the announcement to both teams by email sent early today.
& # 39; Personally, I am very excited to lead the Windows Client for Microsoft, which will help us streamline our decision-making processes, be clear about our priorities and offer the best end-user experiences of silicon through operating systems In all Microsoft applications and services connected devices (OEM and Surface) & # 39 ;, Panay wrote in the email.
"We believe this will improve the Windows Client experience for the entire PC ecosystem."
& # 39; The joint design of hardware and software will allow us to do a better job in our long-term Windows bets (dual screen, silicon diversity, connectivity, application platform, etc.) and have a single point of leadership in The Windows client experience that drives constant priorities and resources throughout the Windows client will help us all accelerate innovation and improve execution.
The new team will allow Microsoft to continue developing new features for Windows that take advantage of the new and unique features of Microsoft's own hardware
‘This is an incredible time and opportunity to provide more power to Windows and our customers using Windows. It won't be easy, but expanding our growth will be key to our company's strategy. "
The Windows team was previously led by Joe Belfiore, who will now be in charge of the Microsoft Office team.
In recent years, Microsoft has placed a special emphasis on updating Windows to take advantage of its own hardware products, something that began in 2012 when the company announced the original Surface product line.
Today, the Surface division generates about $ 4 billion in revenue for the company.
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