Microsoft's outgoing Windows chief Terry Myerson's goodbye email to his team

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Myerson Windows 10 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Today is a rather momentous day at Microsoft, with its Executive Vice President Terry Myerson – who has overseen Windows since 2013 (and Windows Phone and Xbox, for a while) – is leaving the company after 21 years.

What it all means, and how the shakeup within the Windows organization will play out, will likely be debated for the next few months. But it's hard not to say that overseeing what is arguably the most significant ongoing software project in the world has had its challenge (and rewards).

Myerson sent out an email to his entire team and did a brief recap of his lengthy career at Microsoft, which was shared on LinkedIn (opens in new tab). It's well worth the read. It's certainly hard to summarize a person's career in a single post, but Myerson's message goes a long way.

From Myerson:

Team,It is an emotional day for me as I look toward starting my next chapter outside of Microsoft in a few months. We've been discussing this for some time, but today it becomes real.Satya's leadership and insight in defining a Microsoft 365 experience, built on top of an intelligent edge/intelligent cloud platform is inspiring. I believe in it, and that these changes are great for Microsoft. Change can be invigorating for us all and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to work with Satya on helping define this new structure. I will be around as we work through this transition, and then I will continue to root on Satya and this team every day.Microsoft has been my work, my team, and my purpose for 21 years. Over the years I have worked with so many of you to take on big challenges and serve our customers. I've learned so much. We've accomplished so much together. And I have had so much fun. Your passion, commitment, and sheer brilliance has kept me inspired. You have taught me new ways of looking at the world. You made me a better leader. And together, we have delivered products that positively changed the way people work and live. I am grateful for each of you.Most recently, with Windows 10 we set out to restore the trust of our consumer and business users and set Windows up to be a key part of the new Microsoft. With us now approaching 700M active Windows 10 users, commercial usage growing 84% YOY, Xbox One running a Windows 10 core, Surface innovation highlighting the Microsoft 365 experience, HoloLens bringing breakthroughs in computer vision, a universal store enabling GamePass, Azure reserved instances, and Office distribution, and a revitalized partner ecosystem – we've made incredible progress, and set the foundation for a new chapter to begin.But it's time for me to take a break, and then look forward to my own next chapter. I'm excited to see what's next professionally. In the meantime, I can't wait to spend quality time with my family and pursue a few big life goals.While today I have many emotions, I'm mostly filled with gratitude and optimism – gratitude for the experiences I have had and optimism for the future ahead.Sincerely, thank you for all the incredible experiences we've had together.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • He might lose too much weight for years. I am concerned if he is sick.
  • Remember when Joe Belfiore did the same? Soon after Windows Phone went exit. There is another exit after Terry...
  • Belfiore went on hiatus. He's back with the company. He's actually in charge of the "Windows Experiences" team.
  • Medical Hiatus?!
  • I'm guessing he got tired of Nutella killing off another one of his projects at the 11th hour
  • I don't think nudella would have killed certain products unless Terry didn't believe in them as well. But I hope there are two exits to follow... Nudella & Belfiore.
  • Sweet 😉
  • Candy Crush announcer, is that you?
  • lol
  • hahaha :) I saw what you did there!
  • Sounds like he got gently pushed out he door.
  • Hope it isn't the end of Xbox...
  • Not sure Terry really has anything to do with that. Now, Phil on the other hand, let's be thankful he got a promotion.
  • It was high time that Phil Spencer got promoted. After Phil Spencer took over at Xbox, Terry Myerson really didn't have much to do with the Xbox division. I am hoping Phil Spencer get's more resources now, which would mean amazing experinces and franchises on xbox.
  • Betting so hard on cloud is a foolish move. With growing concerns on privacy, I do not see cloud computing in it's present form surviving for long. O Nadella, O Nadella, O Nadella.....I hope that God will shower some common sense on you.
  • Who knows where we'll see him again, I must say I did like his presentations. Hope he finds a place where he's going to be appreciated better than at Microsoft.
  • Wake up, Terry was second in command at Microsoft; he was appreciated but made many poor decisions such as putting wp on the back burner and focusing solely on windows 10 eventually killing it single handedly along with any cany change that ruled have had in the smartwatch arena; that neglect forced Satya's hand in regards to wp, the band, and tablets.
  • He may have been seen as second in command but he doesn't have overall remit on finances thus profits. The CEO does.
  • Nice fitting image with the editorial. Blue Screen Off Myerson's
  • There is better picture describing why exactly he was fired Hope Windows won't be killed too fast.
  • "Most recently, with Windows 10 we set out to restore the trust of our consumer and business users and set Windows up to be a key part of the new Microsoft." Windows has not been neglected as much as it is today during its lifetime.
  • Big Companies make changes from time to time. not too long ago Synovsky who was heavy into getting Microsoft to execute windows 8 the way it was presented went away. he was not a favorite of some people at Microsoft. frankly when Windows 8 was introduced. Microsoft should have had the then called Metro tiles only on touch screen devices such as Tablets and Smart phones and an improved version of Windows 7 called Windows 8 standard on devices like Servers, Laptops and Desktop PC's that are to be connected to non touch screen Monitors. Microsoft would have gotten
    awards for it's innovative tiles interface ONLY for Tablets and Smart phones and the Desktop PC/Laptop Users who do not have touch screen monitors would have be happy and microsoft would not have gotten the complaints it got when Windows 8 was introduced . it took Microsoft years to get things better.
  • I will go to his LinkedIn page to read the writeup myself - first class source.
  • I'm willing to give the brilliant cloud computing architects and engineers, and to some extent Nadella and management, credit for increasing the value of my modest MSFT stock holdings. However, revenue is a reward for correctly implementing a successful strategic vision, not an end in itself. Gradually moving all resources to whatever is making the most money and dumping everything else is a tactic, not a vision. It can have spectacular results in the short to mid term, but can also paint even the largest corporation into a corner that it can't easily escape from down the road. From this perspective, Microsoft may, in effect, be infected with a stealth virus that may one day lead to it's unraveling. Just because few can envision that ever happening now, doesn't make it an impossibility. Stumbles and failures in the browser, mobile phone and other areas should be a warning that the once unimaginable is always possible. The bottom line for me right now is, I (and probably many others) will now begin taking a much closer look at how alternatives like ChromeOS, OSX and Linux progress in the coming years. There's little doubt the encroachment of these alternatives on Windows will accelerate under the current leadership. I think one of the best outcomes right now would be for Microsoft Windows and related consumer products to split off and from the main company. I would follow them without hesitation. Nadella can keep Office 365 of course. And, as suggested by departing MS veteran Tim Snead, Microsoft should then change it's name to something like CloudServ. Obviously Microsoft has grown too large for the current leadership to handle. Time to simplify and achieve strategic clarity in the process.
  • _ In the meantime, I can't wait to spend quality time with my family_ That tells a lot about work/life balance in Microsoft culture.
  • At least we'll see an improvement in hardware quality across the entire Microsoft ecosystem. That's good.