Panos Panay, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, Discusses Windows 11 at the Live-Streamed Windows 11 Launch Event on June 24, 2021.
Microsoft has announced the departure of its longtime product chief, Panos Panay, who played a significant role in the creation of the Surface line of computers and the recent launch of Windows 11. In his place, Pavan Davuluri will lead a team focused on Windows software, devices portfolio, and semiconductor chips. This team will be responsible for developing silicon, systems, and devices that encompass Windows, client, and cloud technologies for an AI-driven world.
The restructuring aligns with Microsoft’s strategic emphasis on generative AI, which is being integrated into a wide range of its products, including cloud services, search, and productivity software like the Office suite.
Pavan Davuluri will report directly to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella. Additionally, Microsoft is forming another team to concentrate on web services and Windows experiences, with a strong emphasis on AI-driven offerings.
Panos Panay, who joined Microsoft in 2004, has not disclosed his future plans after nearly two decades with the company. His leadership extended to Windows, the world’s leading PC operating system, starting in 2020, and he became a part of the company’s senior leadership team in 2021. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Panay expressed his gratitude for his time at Microsoft and the remarkable individuals he had the privilege of working with.