Panos Panay discusses his new role in an email to Microsoft employees

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What you need to know

  • Panos Panay discusses his new role in an internal email to Microsoft employees.
  • Panay says he's excited to lead the Windows Client for Microsoft.
  • Panay believes that designing hardware and software together will help "long term Windows bets" like dual-screen devices and connectivity.

Yesterday, a report revealed that Microsoft will reorganize its leadership and structure in a few key areas. The most important takeaway is that Panos Panay will lead the Devices + Windows team made up of a combination of the current Windows Client and Microsoft hardware teams. Now, Mary Jo Foley shared an excerpt from an internal email from Panay to Microsoft employees. In the email, Panay shares his excitement for his new role and discusses how the move will help Microsoft's long term plans.

Foley only shared an excerpt of the internal email, but it summarizes Panay's feelings:

Personally I'm very excited to lead the Windows Client for Microsoft, which will help us streamline our decision-making processes, be clear on our priorities, and deliver the best end user experiences from silicon through operating systems across all Microsoft apps and service connected devices (OEMs and Surface). 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. This is such an amazing time and opportunity to bring more energy to Windows and our customers using Windows. It won't be easy, but extending our growth will be key for our company strategy.

Panay's emphasis on Microsoft's "long term Windows bets" is interesting. Panay believes that designing hardware and software together will help Microsoft deliver a better experience for dual-screen devices, using different types of silicon, and other key areas. Microsoft continues to expand its hardware line, including the Surface Pro X that runs on a Snapdragon processor and the HoloLens 2. As Microsoft ventures into new architectures, making sure that Windows works across chipsets becomes increasingly important.

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  • Sounds nothing more than Panos concentrating on Windows 10 X for now.
  • Will Microsoft allow Panos to let loose is the question. For example, we know that Andromeda os and Aruba have been deprecated for Windows 10x and Andromeda. What people don't know is that Microsoft's hardware devices from the core os family had interoperability that we aren't going to get now. Will Microsoft really allow Panos to do things like that and more since windows and hardware aren't the priority? Execution has always been a pain point for Microsoft so I do see this as being a good move but to me it's also a little telling bc I think Panos should be on the leadership team as well.
  • Also... It's a missed opportunity for Panos in the first line of the excerpt... Instead of saying he's excited, he should have written he's pumped.
    #PumpedbyPanos2020 Mjf sure was
  • Great, bring us Surface Book 3
  • I mean... he can't do any worse than the prior leadership. Hopeful that this will mean good things for Windows.