Earlier this year, Microsoft’s Surface head Panos Panay started
leading the new Windows + Devices group at Microsoft. This
allows Panos Panay to oversee the work on Microsoft’s Surface
and Windows 10, and other Windows product like Windows 10X.
While Windows 10 is more popular than ever after Microsoft
killed off Windows 7, the recent faulty updates have seriously
damaged Microsoft’s reputation.
In another move to refocus on Windows as an operating system,
Microsoft is reportedly further reorganizing the teams. As part
of the reorg, Microsoft will be moving part of its Windows
engineering team out of Azure and the employees will work with
Windows and Devices group, which is being headed by Panos
This move comes after Microsoft realized the importance of
Windows to its business during the past few months. According
to reports, Microsoft’s Windows + Devices group will build
platforms and products that create and complete magical
experiences under the leadership of Panos Panay.
Microsoft’s Windows + Devices group aims to grow the business
of Windows and Surface, and deliver the iconic experiences
across the form factors. It’s no secret that Windows 10 has
seen huge engagement numbers over the past few months and it’s
more popular than ever, thanks in part to the current world
Bringing Surface devices, Windows fundamentals and developer
experience into the same team under Panos Panay is a great move
in our opinion. Given Panos Panay’s track record, this move
could turn Windows 10’s fortunes around and address the
problems with the operating system.
It’s also believed that Windows could be on the verge of design
For instance, Microsoft’s Ralf Groene is now the corporate vice
president (CVP) of Design Windows and Devices at Microsoft.
Groene is also the head of Industrial Design for Surface and he
could play an important role in Windows design and development.