Panos Panay to head Microsoft's Windows and hardware teams
Panos Panay to head Microsoft’s Windows and hardware teams

Microsoft, during the first couple of months, reorganizes some of their business and this year, they are doing it for the Experiences and Devices units under vice president Rajesh Jha. The latest announcement by the company says that the Windows experience and hardware teams will be made into a single team with the name Windows and devices which will be headed by Panos Panay, the current Chief Product Officer.

The present head of the Windows experience team, Joe Belfiore, who is also the corporate vice president, will move to the official side along with Ales Holecek. They will be running the Office experience group as a product/ engineering team. These reorganizations do not affect Microsoft’s Core OS and Intelligent Edge which will continue to be a part of Azure engineering organization under the executive vice president Jason Zander.

Panos Panay to head Microsoft's Windows and hardware teams
Panos Panay to head Microsoft’s Windows and hardware teams

Panay is not in the Senior Leadership Team and is still working under Jha. Microsoft has been building Windows, Surface, and Office together for a year and wants to make sure that Surface is popular among the operating system and office apps. Therefore the new developments are just formalizing Panay’s roles.

To these changes, Panay reacted by saying that he is happy to take up the responsibilities and excited to lead the Windows client for Microsoft. He added they the team will work towards providing the best client experience throughout all Microsoft apps.

“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”, he said.

A couple of other changes were also announced about Rajesh Jha’s operating team. The corporate vice president, Brian Mcdonald is retiring from his post and decided to be a part-time consultant with Jha and also has his own team now. Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President, is going to lead Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint. Kirk Koenigsbauer, the Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365 will become Jha’s, Chief Operating Officer.

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