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Terry Myerson - executive vice president for the Windows and Devices group who joined Microsoft 21 years ago - is leaving the firm, according to the statement. "I would expect both Windows as a Service and Azure Stack to accelerate". The RS5 would be the last Redstone release as the software giant will release new versions of Windows 10 with a name referring to the release date. The new team will oversee all Microsoft's speech, vision, mixed reality, and other perception capabilities, and it will continue to build first-party experiences and cloud services for third parties on Azure.

Furthermore, WDG's other segment is being moved to Cloud+AI, which is to be led by Scott Guthrie, another Microsoft veteran. Alex and team will take guidance on all AI-related areas from Harry Shum and work very closely with AI + Research (AI+R).

Now, Rajesh Jha will lead Myerson's former department, renamed as Experiences & Devices.

"A unified platform-driven approach to product development and delivery should be beneficial for Microsoft", said Mark Moerdler, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, in a report. Computing experiences are evolving to include multiple senses and are no longer bound to one device at a time but increasingly spanning many as we move from home to work and on the go.

Microsoft is hoping it can do with Windows what it did with Office. The Windows and Devices Group is being split apart too. The executive is the newly appointed head of the company's Azure public cloud.

This has pushed Microsoft to focus on the Internet cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and services for connected "Internet of Things" devices. "Some of the AI groups were rolled into product groups indicating to me that AI is becoming more real and is a broader part of products, and not just research".

Back in 2015, Nadella reorganized to combine Windows software together with all of the company's various hardware efforts, at the time including Surface computers, HoloLens VR gear, Lumia smartphones, the Surface Hub table display, the Band fitness tracker and the Xbox gaming system.

Myerson's departure could mean a new road for Microsoft, where the company focuses on leveraging Google's Android platforms to simply get more users onto its services.

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