Microsoft is making some significant changes to the way it manages its Windows operating system, indicating a renewed focus on the operating system that made its name.
Software giant Panos Panay appointed Surface Hardware chief in charge of Windows earlier this year, and parts of that team are now being rearranged.
This comes on the heels of Microsoft’s decision to split Windows into two parts more than two years ago after the departure of Terry Myerson, former Windows chief.
Microsoft has transferred the development of Windows essentials to its team for artificial intelligence and the cloud, and has established a new group to work on Windows 10 experiences, such as applications, the Start menu and new features.
The software giant has now transferred parts of Windows Essentials Development back to the Panos Panay team, meaning that Windows Fundamentals and developer experience teams have reverted to what it has traditionally been called the Windows Team.
This is an admission that the partition did not work exactly as planned, and a lot of evidence for this came through the chaotic development experience of Windows 10, the delay in Windows updates, the lack of major new features, and many problems with Windows Update.
Site earned (Thurrott) On an internal note by Banus Panay detailing the changes.
While some essential parts of Windows, especially the engineering side, will remain with the AI and cloud section, the amendment made by Microsoft focuses on simplifying Windows to reliably ship and update.
The changes also align Microsoft’s Project Reunion, making Win32 and UWP applications closer together, with the Windows team.
Panay’s Windows team continues to work closely with the core engineering aspect of Windows under the AI and Cloud team, but the new modification should lead to more consistency and a greater focus on Windows within the company.
Microsoft’s renewed focus on Windows comes during the ongoing pandemic that has demonstrated how important the operating system is.
The use of Windows increased as workers and students around the world switched to laptops and personal computers instead of cell phones for work and study from home.
PC shipments have also increased as companies adapt to the new reality.
Microsoft realized this change earlier this year and shifted the operating system (Windows 10X) to focus on laptops rather than dual-screen devices.
The software giant’s focus on developing Windows and (Surface) is a good sign for Windows users, and it is hoped that the greater focus on Windows and (Surface) will allow Microsoft to deliver on its promises of a better mix of hardware and software.