Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has made significant changes to its team in charge of Windows Operating System to signal the company’s renewed interest in the business line. In the changes, Panos Panay, the Surface chief, is now in charge of Windows.
Two years ago, the company divided its Windows section into two parts following the departure of former Windows chief Terry Myerson. Microsoft moved key elements of its Windows to Azure, its cloud, and Al team. At the same time, the company set up a team to work with key features of Windows 10.
Windows development to be under the Windows team
Following the new changes, key parts of Windows development are being moved back to the Windows team headed by Panos Panay. The company has had hitches in its Windows developing team, including the messy development of Windows 10, lack of major new features, delayed Windows updates, and several bugs in Windows updates.
According to an internal memo, key features of engineering features of Windows will be retained in Azure division. Sources indicate that changes are meant to clean up the Windows divisions and are also in line with the company’s Project Reunion app work, aiming to bring win32 and UWP apps closer together to the Windows team.
The pandemic has exposed the importance of Windows
Panay’s team will still work closely with the core engineering team under Azure with the changes meant to create more consistency and a greater focus on Windows inside Microsoft. The shift towards Windows inside Microsoft comes in the wake of pandemic that has tested its resilience and proved its importance. With people turning to laptops and PC over mobile phones, there has been an increase in the use of Windows.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of remote working. With physical contact impossible, many people are turning to work online. In addition, to increase Windows installation, there has been a surge in PC shipments as businesses adapt to the new normal. To tap into the growing demand, Microsoft shifted its Windows 10X operating system to focus on laptops mainly.