Windows chief Terry Myerson is leaving Microsoft as it reorganizes

You can now buy Microsoft’s latest PCs and laptops on the Store	
		
				By			Costea Lestoc

You can now buy Microsoft’s latest PCs and laptops on the Store By Costea Lestoc

The shifts will de-emphasize the company's flagship operating software, Windows, and put the spotlight on its Office productivity software, cloud and artificial intelligence technology.

Microsoft is making generally available PowerShell Core 6.0, a version of PowerShell built on.NET Core that runs not just on Windows, but also macOS and Linux. No-one else will be able to see that the product exists in the Microsoft Store, even if they were to have a direct link to the Microsoft Store listing. On the other hand, Azure sales grew by a massive 98%, Office 365 by 41% and Dynamics 365 by 67%.

USA -based tech giant Microsoft announced a major reorganization Thursday, forming two main teams that will better address innovation and customers. It will be interesting to see if Myerson's directions are erased as quickly as he moved away from Elop's failing strategy.

On their Windows Blog, the team behind the Dev Center said members of the developer community told them they needed a way to test apps or games with a live audience in order to make changes, get feedback, and improve the product before it is released publicly. "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".

In May a year ago, the company claimed that the number of active users was 500 million, which marked the half-way point towards netting a billion devices by July 2018, as it marks Windows 10's third anniversary.

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Nadella's explanation for what he put under Guthrie was laden with industry jargon, but the point is to allow Microsoft to offer its apps and services via the cloud to everything from mobile phones to corporate servers.

For those users already looking to the future, Microsoft is already pushing out builds for the following feature update, codenamed Redstone 5. Nadella said that Rajesh Jha, the company's executive vice president for its Product group, will take charge of the new Experiences and Devices division.

The Cloud and AI team will focus on cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructure, services and knowledge.

Finally, another key new unit that was largely overlooked will be called the AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research, or AETHER, Committee.

"Today's announcement enables us to step up to this opportunity and responsibility across all our Solution Areas", he wrote.

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