Panos Panay, Microsoft product manager, will leave his position, Pavan Davuluri will take over as director

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Microsoft’s Pavan Davuluri will lead a team focused on Windows software, device portfolio and semiconductor chips, the company said Monday, while also announcing the departure of longtime product manager Panos Panay.

The team led by Davuluri will “build silicon, systems and devices spanning Windows, client and cloud for an AI world,” according to an email sent by Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of the experiences and devices group at Microsoft. Reuters has seen a copy of the email.

Microsoft has made big bets on generative AI, integrating the technology into a wide range of its products, including cloud, search and productivity software and services such as its Office suite.

The staff shakeup comes as Panay steps down after nearly 20 years with the Redmond, Wash.-based company, where he led the creation of the Surface line of computers and, most recently, oversaw the launch of Windows 11 operating system.

Davuluri will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the email said.

Microsoft is also creating a team to work on web services and Windows experiences, with a focus on AI-driven offerings.

The company is hosting a “special event” on September 21, during which it is expected to announce, among other things, updates to its Surface line.

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