Microsoft Windows shakeup continues: App store and UX leaders move to Bing team

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Jensen Harris introduces Windows 8′s user experience in a widely viewed Microsoft video.

Two well-known directors from Microsoft’s Windows team, who oversaw some of the biggest changes introduced by Windows 8 and 8.1, are shifting to the Microsoft Bing team — part of a broader management upheaval in Microsoft’s operating systems group.

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Making the move are Ted Dworkin, the director of program management who oversaw the Windows Store app marketplace in Windows 8; and Jensen Harris, who was the director of program management for the Windows User Experience.

A Microsoft representative confirmed the moves in response to an inquiry from GeekWire this morning, after we heard rumblings of the changes. Harris and Dworkin couldn’t be reached for comment.

Many people know Harris as the Microsoft leader who publicly introduced Windows 8′s revamped user experience and the subsequent changes in that experience in Windows 8.1, which was designed in part to address criticism of the original Windows 8.

The company isn’t yet disclosing specifics about their new jobs at Bing, or who will be filling their roles under new operating systems chief Terry Myerson, the former Windows Phone chief. Several Windows Phone leaders have been given key roles in the new group. Many previous Windows 8 program management and executive leaders have moved to new roles.

Other changes include a recent shift by Dean Hachamovitch, the longtime Internet Explorer chief, who announced last month that he would be leaving that role and starting a new team inside the company.

This is one of many changes in the Windows team and across the company following the One Microsoft reorganization unveiled by CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year, before he announced his plans to retire from the company himself.

Mary Jo Foley, citing anonymous sources, reported last week on ZDNet that Microsoft is planning an update to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 “in the spring 2014/Q2 2014 timeframe” before delivering a larger update, code-named “Threshold,” in 2015 to create more underlying commonality for Windows across, phones, computers and consoles.

  • http://info-tran.com/ Info Dave

    Personally, I thought Metro was an innovative approach to the NUI. It showed a lot of promise. OTOH, the implementation/integration/execution on Windows 8 was an abomination. Microsoft managed to alienate their most loyal supporters.

    I don’t know if the Windows Store was the cause, or the effect, but it has not gone well. Perhaps it’s best if these two gentlemen find something else to do.

    • TY

      It is a good approach and the idea is not bad. The execution is the problem, and the interface could be massively improved. Take a hint from Google Chrome! It’s innovative, but it lacks organization.

  • http://edgarrodriguez.com Edgar R

    People are under the assumption that Microsoft is dumping Metro. “new operating systems chief Terry Myerson, the former Windows Phone chief” Metro on windows 8 was poorly executed and far from having WP8 integration, now getting the Windows Phone guys to make the OS integrations across the board. Which should have happened in the first place.

    • http://win8migration.com/ windows migration

      Yes , I too agree.

  • Ales

    Where are Jensen and Ted registered? Cute couple.