The Wall Street Journal: Microsoft diminishes Windows role in cloud-focused reorganization

Microsoft Corp. is diminishing the role of its storied Windows franchise, which fueled its rise to the top of the personal-computer market in earlier decades, reflecting the massive shift in the way computing power is harnessed.

The software giant reorganized its business Thursday morning around its growing Azure cloud-computing operations and its stalwart Office productivity business.

Executive Vice President Terry Myerson, who ran the Windows business, will leave the company, according to an email from Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella.

The move is designed to focus Microsoft MSFT, +1.41% on the biggest areas of growth for the company.

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