After starting with Ubuntu, Microsoft has added a number of Linux distributions to its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Linux runtime environment.
It's a sweeping set of changes that includes the departure of Windows chief and Microsoft veteran Terry Myerson and the appointment of Scott Guthrie to oversee the combined Windows and cloud business.
Besides Windows, the Experiences & Devices division's area of responsibility will also encompass the productivity suite, third party applications and hardware.
The new idea for 2018 is to tie everything more closely to the cloud and the fast-growing Azure unit. He was responsible for supervising the company's products including Windows, Surface, Xbox, Windows Server and HoloLens Mixed Reality. It will be interesting to see if Myerson's directions are erased as quickly as he moved away from Elop's failing strategy.
After dropping the bombshell that head of Windows development will be departing from Microsoft, the Windows team manages to keep the wheels of progress greased and running as they seed build 17634 to Skip Ahead Insider participants. "Chasing Amazon is likely no more fun than chasing Apple was and Microsoft clearly doesn't want to make the same mistake of letting Amazon get the kind of massive lead that Apple and Google enjoyed". On Thursday after the reorganization announcement, the company's share's gained 2% in midafternoon trading.
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SCL also has an India arm called Strategic Communication Laboratories Private Limited, The Print reported last week. Prasad and the Modi government refuse to answer these questions and "they only want to divert the agenda".
For those users already looking to the future, Microsoft is already pushing out builds for the following feature update, codenamed Redstone 5.
The formal relegation of the Windows franchise, said Michael Cusumano, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, "has been a long time coming".
Microsoft is creating two new engineering teams, one focused on experiences and devices, and the other devoted to artificial intelligence and computing capabilities hosted in the Internet cloud, according to the note. It will be headed by Rajesh Jha, the current executive vice president of Microsoft's Office Product Group.
Finally, another key new unit that was largely overlooked will be called the AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research, or AETHER, Committee.
"While there is great opportunity, ensuring we always act responsibly for our customers and partners will continue to be a hallmark of our work", Nadella wrote.