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The Man Who Changed Windows Forever – Meet Terry Myerson

When Steven Sinofsky left Microsft, leaving an unfinished, amateur Windows in the wild, Microsoft temporarily divided his duties between two people, Julie Larson-Green, a top Sinofsky lieutenant, and Tami Reller, who many feel should be in the running for Microsoft’s next CEO job. But when the software giant announced its massive reorganization this year, both Larson-Green and Reller were out, with the former heading off to a new Devices business and Reller being put in charge of the overall marketing at the company.

Terry Myerson
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WHO RUNS WINDOWS?

If you’re not closely following Microsoft’s internal dramas, you might be wondering: Well, who’s running Windows then? The answer to that question is Terry Myerson. And the next obvious question is: Who the heck is Terry Myerson?

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Terry Myerson

Before diving into what & how Windows 10 came into what it is today, let’s jump back about Terry’s life. Terry Myerson was born in 1972. He graduated from Duke University in 1992 and founded Intersé Corporation, which Microsoft eventually acquired in 1997. At Microsoft, he led software and engineering teams behind Microsoft Exchange and Windows Phone before his executive promotion in the company’s July 2013 reorganization after Sinofsky had already created a lot of mess

Rethinking Windows from Top To Bottom

The first thing he did, was the decision to listen to people. He tried to understand what people want to Windows. Furthermore, under Satya Nadella’s supervision he could think bold and futuristic which could never had happened under the company’s previous CEO.

Fixing The Core Of Windows

Perhaps which will go largely unnoticed is the foundation which Windows 10 is laying on. Windows is essentially was using the same 2004 code of Vista until Windows 10. That means only new version of Windows could add features like visual changes and so on. What he & his team was remarkable

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  • Taking the decision to go with Windows 10 as SaaS – Software as a service. Means, to add features they wouldn’t need to update the whole system. Here goes the main work “THE UNDERLYING WINDOWS CODE HAD GONE INTO A MAJOR OVERHAUL” which didn’t happen until Terry Myerson came into as the Windows Chief.
  • Making Windows 10 the one stop OS for everyone. The Universal apps scenario was foresighted by him and his team which makes Windows the best platform for all developers. Make one app & run everywhere it was a masterstroke
  • Throw off stubbornness and putting the start menu back where it was.

Making The next Windows Lucrative, Attractive & Fast

Doesn’t it look so beautiful?

 

Windows 10 looks very attractive sleek & fast. Thanks goes to the vision of Satya Nadella along with Myerson. There’s one person who needs mention too & that’s Joe Belfiore. Belfiore had been only looking after Windows Phone prior to 2013. However the reorganization put him charge on Windows 10 for PC/Phones too. Much like what Craig Federighi does for apple. 

Dropping Internet Explorer For Good

The decision to drop Internet Explorer was a very needed & bold idea. However, none of this would have ever happened if Ballmer was still in charge. Internet Explorer was a pain in the *** for every developer out there. Quite frankly it was a nightmare & was only good to download a new web browser. However, with Microsoft Edge, the successor of Internet Explorer, Microsoft is looking towards a fresh vision in browser industry.

Key features of Microsoft Edge

  • New EdgeHTML engine which brings it to on par with Mozilla/Chrome engine boasting all the latest in Web.
  • Extension Support (though not available yet)
  • Auto update support (just like Chrome)
  • Minimalistic UI – means no junky UI like Internet Explorer
  • Reading View support
  • Taking notes on the fly
  • Cortana support

 

Final Thoughts

With Windows 10 is on the horizon and so many exciting products in hand like the Hololense, Microsoft is slowly starting to be relevant again. On Build 2015, Satya said, Microsoft needs from people needing to Windows, choosing to Windows, to loving Windows. The last word is very hard to come by for a company like Microsoft to earn it with so many misfires & bad decisions in the last decade (e.g. I’m looking at you Scroogled campaign!). However, the Microsoft is winning back Windows fans by giving away free Windows 10 for everyone, even pirates.

It’s a big question now to see what Windows 10 brings for Microsoft. However, with most positive reviews everywhere, it’s pretty much certain Windows 10 will not be a Windows 8 for sure.

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Terry Myerson – The New Windows Guy To Fix Windows 9 [Win9 Concept]

Past Sinofsky Era

When Steven Sinofsky left last year, leaving an unfinished, amateur Windows in the wild, Microsoft temporarily divided his duties between two people, Julie Larson-Green, a top Sinofsky lieutenant, and Tami Reller, who many feel should be in the running for Microsoft’s next CEO job. But when the software giant announced its massive reorganization this year, both Larson-Green and Reller were out, with the former heading off to a new Devices business and Reller being put in charge of the overall marketing at the company.

Who Runs Windows?

If you’re not closely following Microsoft’s internal dramas, you might be wondering: Well, who’s running Windows then? The answer to that question is Terry Myerson. And the next obvious question is: Who the heck is Terry Myerson?

It’s an important question. Terry Myerson previously looked Microsoft’s Windows Phone business. He’s been considering Windows 8.x, Windows RT, and Windows Phone into a much simpler lineup. And I’m really starting to like this guy.

Terry Myerson IS THE OS GUY

Myerson has quietly removed the people who backed up Sinofsky-era players to produce a “MESSY WINDOWS 8.” Jon DeVaan and Antoine Leblond were left without leadership positions when the reorganization was announced this year. Dean Hachamovitch, who was looking Internet Explorer development for years, quietly left the IE organization in November to an unknown part of the company (Finally some desktop IE love? Probably a new UI?)

And now Ted Dworkin (Windows Store) and Jensen Harris (user experience) have been shifted to the Bing team.

However, Myerson isn’t just taking away those who backed Sinofsky’s product vision for Windows. He’s also trying to make sense of the mess they made. Although, I like Windows 8 just fine—Windows 8.1 is particularly good—but no one can deny Windows 8 is the worst Windows release—a completely uncompleted and unfinished OS that combines separate mobile and desktop platforms into a single, messy OS.

Google’s Android and Apple iOS are offering marvelous experiences for the masses, and Windows is getting worser.

Fixing Windows 8

Microsoft made the first steps to fix these problems in Windows 8.1. There’s a strong rumour Microsoft will release service pack+feature pack combined in the April 2014. Further reporting shows, Microsoft is ready to completely move on from the Windows 8 brand, which created mass confusion & hesitation in the PC industy. The PC industry had the worst year this year and many indicates that it’s because of a hybrid type OS that’s no better in desktop/tablet.

Windows 9 Visions in BUILD 2014 Conference

It is known that “Threshold” update to be called Windows 9 and this will ship in April 2015. This is a good sign because Microsoft is listening to the consumers and in a “SHUT UP & FIX” mode for Windows 9.

It’s predicted that Microsoft will return the START MENU (cause of the mass confusion), Fix Metro Apps to run on Desktop & can be resizable with minimize, maximize, close button, Metro 2.0 (which should improve overall Metro app performances), simpler Xbox integration etc.

However, I’ll be very happy (90% Windows users will be) if Microsoft simply takes the solution of Jay Machalani – FIXING WINDOWS 8 A young lad who brilliantly solved all Windows 8 problems without anything that goes against Microsoft vision.

I hope Microsoft is listening 🙂

For Users Delight, here are some screenshots from Windows 8.2 – Jay Machalani

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