Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced some major changes to the company’s leadership team and one of the biggest changes is that Stephen Elop is no longer head of Microsoft’s Devices Group.
In fact, there is no longer a Devices Group. Instead, Microsoft is combining its hardware and operating system divisions to create a new Windows and Devices Group (WDG) which is headed by Terry Myserson.
Stephen Elop had been head of the Microsoft’s business division form 2008 through 2010 when he left to become CEO of Nokia… which was later acquired by Microsoft. When the dust settled, Elop was back at his former employer, but this time he was head of the hardware division.
Now Elop is retiring from Microsoft as his department merges the Windows division to create the new WDG team.
Myserson had previously led Microsoft’s operating system division. Now he’s in charge of the teams that also work on devices including Microsoft Surface tablets, Lumia smartphones, Xbox game consoles and also newer and upcoming products like the Microsoft Band fitness tracker, HoloLens holographic computer, and Surface Hub big-screen, touchable computer.
Nadella says combining the groups will help the company “create new categories while generating enthusiasm and demand for Windows broadly.”
Of course, that’s a road Microsoft has been traveling for a few years. It’ll be interesting to see whether the company picks up the pace in the coming years, or if the move is simply aimed to help polish upcoming products that have already been revealed such as HoloLens and Surface Hub.