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Microsoft pushes forward with more internal reorganization shifts

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Microsoft Logo at Ignite (Image credit: Windows Central)

In March, Microsoft announced a major shakeup of its leadership teams with a reorganization focused on steering the company toward the future of AI and machine learning, the cloud, and ambient computing. Now, the company looks to be making some more internal moves related to the reorganization, but on a smaller scale.

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According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, the latest moves focus on a few areas. First, Corporate Vice President Kudo Tsunoda is leaving his current position as head of the NeXT group, a role that he assumed in March. According to Foley, Tsunoda's team, whose focus was on creating mixed reality and 3D experiences, is being disbanded. Meanwhile, Tsunoda is still with Microsoft but is currently looking for a new role.

Additionally, the Edge development team is moving back under the purview of the Experiences and Devices team. Some other teams under the Azure and Windows engineering group are said to be moving back to the Experiences and Devices team as well.

Lastly, Foley reports that the Design team and the Windows Insider program are moving to the Windows client experience team, under the watch of Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore.

When the initial reorganization was announced in March, it led to some pretty major shuffles. One of the biggest was the departure of long-time Windows chief Terry Myerson. Another was the breaking up of the Windows Devices Group. It's still possible we could see more internal shuffling in the coming months.

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  • Hit Refresh 😂
  • Yep people who just can't make up their minds are really annoying, after all this time and all the fannying around, and Ol' Nads still hasn't got the place organised the way he wants it. Really, at some point he has to settle and just get on with it instead of retrenching constantly.
  • Agreed AndyCalling. He reminds me of a terrible boss I had. Was always changing things up every 6 months. I feel sorry for the folks at MS these days, never knowing from day to day what Ol' Nads is going to axe/reboot/retrench next.
  • Every time I see mention of the NeXT group I think of NeXT (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeXT).
  • Indeed! Even the stylized word is exactly the same. I thought that they acquire some NeXT technologies hahah Is there a meaning behind this why they called it NeXT?
  • Windows Phone is dead!!! :) lol!!! Just thought I would throw that out there just in case the trolls wanted to chime in! hahaha
  • Blackberry 10 is also dead but there's a loyal following just like Windows phones/ WinMobile
  • "Tsunoda's team, whose focus was on creating mixed reality and 3D experiences, is being disbanded. "
    What does that mean for mixed reality???
  • "Mixed reality, '3D for Everyone,' Story Remix, Photos, HoloLens" That team has now apparently been disbanded.
  • I say fire whole Windows 10 team and bring back the Windows 7 team. :D
  • I'm sure this constant "reorg" adversely affects the morale of Microsoft's employees and their willingness to invest their hearts and souls into whatever project they're working on. Whatever you thought of Ballmer, he was Knute Rockne by comparison. He championed Windows and it's many ecosystems with all his heart. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Nadella is not a dreamer. RIP Mixed Reality?
  • "Design team and the Windows Insider program are moving to the Windows client experience team, under the watch of Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore." Hopefully, something good will happen in this space, since Microsoft designs have been really inconsistent even with Fluent Design System efforts. I hope Joe Belfiore will be instrumental for the design cohesion and polish, especially he was experienced in this area that helps to make Metro and other Microsoft projects in the past. He is also probably one of the more "consumer-minded guy" at Microsoft other than Phil Spencer (who is more on gamer side) and Panos Panay (who is more on hardware).