Microsoft has a new team focused on Android and Windows development

Microsoft is reorganizing its internal teams once again, this time with a greater emphasis on Android development. The company has created a new organization called the Android Microsoft Platform and Experience, or AMPX, which will be home to development for Surface Duo software, PhoneLink (formerly Your Phone), Microsoft Launcher and more. This new group is overseen by Panos Panay, who currently leads the Windows and Surface teams at Microsoft.

Prior to this change, Microsoft had a dedicated division for all of its general mobile efforts, which included both Android and iOS apps and software. According to Windows Central’s Zac Bowden, whose report is based on a leaked internal memo from Panos Panay, the change to a dedicated Android group is intended to bring development of Google’s platform to the forefront of Microsoft’s priorities, right alongside Windows.

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In fact, it looks like Microsoft has some big ideas for how it wants to combine Windows and Android compared to today. Currently, the Phone Link app – which was called Your Phone until earlier this week – allows you to text, notifications and make calls from your PC. If you have a Samsung Galaxy or Surface Duo model, it also supports screen mirroring and running Android apps from your phone. We’ve also seen some technology from the SwiftKey keyboard for Android to Windows 11, which has a number of improvements over the touch keyboard. With this new team, Microsoft finally wants to connect Windows and Android devices in the same way as the iPhone and Mac.

Microsoft has confirmed the organizational changes, although it has not publicly stated any clear intentions with the creation of the new team. The company said:

Like all companies, we evaluate our business regularly. We recently made an organizational change to accelerate our impact and better serve our customers and partners.

Changes in the internal structure will not result in any layoffs, but there are some notable role changes. Ali Akgun, formerly Corporate Vice President of the Surface Division, will lead the new AMPX team; Meanwhile, Shilpa Ranganathan, responsible for many of Microsoft’s experiences on mobile, is moving to a new role in the Windows division, replacing Linda Everett. Everett itself will take on a new role focused on privacy, security and compliance. Additionally, Michael Fortin is retiring from his role as Corporate Vice President.


Source: Windows Central

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