Windows 10 Spring Creators Update might release on April 10

Greg Lawrence
March 30, 2018

Microsoft is losing a longtime veteran in Terry Myerson, the executive vice president for its Windows and Devices group, who is bidding farewell to the company as it undergoes a major shakeup in upper management.

Telemetry data from Microsoft shows that 48% of Windows 10 PCs are still running it, while only 39% are running on Windows 7. Also on the agenda: "learning more about genomics and robotics which fascinate me, and spending some overdue quality time with Katie and our kids". Myerson spent decades at Microsoft building the Windows team and reviving the Windows Mobile Division.

With only a few months left to the third anniversary of Windows 10 later in July this year, we wait to see whether the number will increase, but it is highly unlikely to hit the projected one billion mark. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft had been shifting its focus to cloud and AI platforms, leveraging AI through its Garage initiative. Rajesh Jha, who now serves as EVP of the Office product group, has been tapped to lead a new "Experiences and Devices", team that will work to "instill a unifying product ethos across our end-user experiences and devices", Nadella wrote.

Microsoft is allowing developers to run a private test of new Windows apps or games with a limited audience, to make sure any bugs are spotted before general release.

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Devices: Panos Panay will now serve as our Chief Product Officer and will lead our devices vision and further our product ethos across hardware and software boundaries for our first-party devices, while creating new categories and opportunities for the entire ecosystem.

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17634 to those on the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring. "Products like Amazon's Echo are now the go-to for the future and the Alexa digital assistant is moving through the market encompassing everything from TVs to cars", he said. According to Nadella's letter, the decision to group the two platforms together is driven by a desire to "accelerate our efforts to build a unified distributed computing infrastructure and application model". Windows, which also includes Surface and Xbox revenues grew by just 2% in the company's most recent quarter.

Scott Guthrie, head of the cloud and enterprise group, will head the cloud and AI division. This, the company says, is the opportune time to build for Windows and distribute via Microsoft Store. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

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