Two Windows team members move to Microsoft's Bing team

Microsoft is still shifting around team members well after its "One Microsoft" reorganization was first announced in July. This week, there's word that two Windows team members will be moving to the company's Bing team in unknown roles

GeekWire reports that Microsoft confirmed the changes, which involve Windows Store team leader Ted Dworkin and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience. Harris's departure from the Windows team is especially noteworthy as he helped to develop the Modern UI for Windows 8 and the changes that were made to it for Windows 8.1. His personal website states he has worked at Microsoft since 1998.

There's no word on who might be taking over the roles that are now open in the Windows division, which is now lead by operating systems chief Terry Myerson. These latest personnel changes come just a month after Internet Explorer leader Dean Hachamovitch announced he was leaving that position to work on "something new" at Microsoft.

Recent rumors claim that Microsoft's next major update to Windows, code named "Threshold", is due out in the spring of 2015 and could see the full return of the desktop Start menu.

Source: GeekWire | Image via Microsoft

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Man....Terry Meyerson is really cleaning house. I hope he puts the Windows Phone (very likely) or Office guys in charge of the Windows interface going forward. Both Windows Phone's UI and Office's UI have been outshining Windows for a long time. Besides, the guys over at Windows Phone are the original pioneers of what the Metro design language is.

Quite sad to see Jenson Harris go to Bing. He should really be where he belongs, at Office.

Edited by FalseAgent, Dec 10 2013, 7:39pm :

FalseAgent said,
Man....Terry Meyerson is really cleaning house. I hope he puts the Windows Phone (very likely) or Office guys in charge of the Windows interface going forward. Both Windows Phone's UI and Office's UI have been outshining Windows for a long time. Besides, the guys over at Windows Phone are the original pioneers of what the Metro design language is.

Quite sad to see Jenson Harris go to Bing. He should really be where he belongs, at Office.

Media Center and Zune devices are the real ancestors of the Metro implementation on computing .
What is happening is just a power struggle where Meyerson is putting his people in key roles. It is indeed a shame the Jensen Harris became a collateral damage of these struggles

I found that a few years ago and I thought it was really interesting to watch. It really explained a lot of things.

Seeing those prototype designs were pretty interesting too.

Funny. Back in the day I used Yahoo, Lycos, HotBot (my sister once typed HOTBOX at workon accident), Excite, Alta Vista, and a few others. You had to to find what you want. Now it is just mainly Google and every once in a while, Bing.

Anyway, I am rambling. Good they are doing something different to help Bing. Competition is a good thing

Lord Method Man said,
ThottBot was better than HotBot.

Never head of that one. There were dozens back in the day tho so I imagine there are several I never heard of.

Lord Method Man said,
ThottBot was a World of Warcraft database actually.

Ah, well HotBot was an actual search engine. Probably when I never heard f ThottBot since I never played WoW.

Oh c'mon. Microsoft is still competing with Google. They can't abandon their search engine. Besides Microsoft is an established company, I'm pretty sure there are good reasons for expanding their Bing team.

Well I'd rather see MS continuing to support and improve Bing (and it has, greatly though I still use Google more often for my searching) than pull a Google and just can something because it doesn't tie in well enough with their plans for world domination and bringing in advertising dollars. Not everything should be about the money, the usefulness and experience for the user should be considered more highly.

Considering how integrated Bing now is with Windows search, these moves still mean that these guys will be working on improving the OS. There's no way MS is giving up on Bing; they've got lots of things planned for it.

Why don't you want Google to have competition? When it is Microsoft, they need to be dragged through the courts to force them to compete. But when it is Microsoft's competitors, they should be allowed to own the market uncontested.

Geoffrey B. said,
too bad they are moving more people to the Bing team rather than shuttering the whole project.

and then what? we will all use the googlopoly and life will be great? silly.

It's pretty newsworthy to us when two major Windows team members are moved to another division, especially Harris who helped to create the Modern UI.

John Callaham said,
It's pretty newsworthy to us when two major Windows team members are moved to another division, especially Harris who helped to create the Modern UI.

paul thurott has a better take: Terry Meyerson, the new windows lead is cleaning house and getting rid of the sinfosky legacy. clearly he is.

I won't be sad to see them go. The windows store is a mess and the person in charge should be fired, not relocated. And the windows 8 UX, regardless of like it or hate it, clearly needs a lot of work which means its person in charge should also be fired for you can't ship something so incomplete.

Well, it is not so simple; the responsible for the project, together with the higher echelon of the company, set the deadline; when Office 2007 was launched with the new Ribbon many people observed that it was odd that Outlook, one of the app that could have more benefited of the new paradigm, did not have it. The usual MS pasdarans here immediately stated that Outlook did not have it because " it was not needed" until Jensen Harris posted in his blog, very candidly I would add, that the reason Outlook did not use the Ribbon was because they ran out of time; in fact it was added in Office 2010. Personally I really like the guy and it is a disgrace that he was epurated.

stevember said,
Bring back Windows 7 team to sort out Windows 8.

you realize the windows 7 team was lead by steven sinfosky which is also the guy who lead the windows 8 team?

*facepalm* try again.

neonspark said,

you realize the windows 7 team was lead by steven sinfosky which is also the guy who lead the windows 8 team?

*facepalm* try again.


And the lead UI designer (Jensen Harris) has been on the team for as long as I can remember. Wonder who the new guy is, I love UI and may someday join the Windows UX/UI Team.

Not totally true, while not having actual specifics the amount of teams for windows 7 was 25 whereas windows 8 had 35, with extra teams being assigned to stuff like hyper-v, XAML, even a File System team! Plus it`s been reported Sinofsky liked secrecy between teams, whether that was all the time only people working there at the time would know...
p.s, I`m not saying this as a crticism of 8 or that it would have made any difference

stevember said,

Really? Oh...

Yes, Sinofsky brought his whole gang with him when he moved from Office to Windows.

That includes not just Jensen Harris, but also the current head of Windows, Julie Larson-Green.

TomJones said,

Yes, Sinofsky brought his whole gang with him when he moved from Office to Windows.

That includes not just Jensen Harris, but also the current head of Windows, Julie Larson-Green.

Nope, the current head of Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Xbox OS) is Terry Myerson. Julie Larson-Green is head of Devices & Studios.

Sszecret said,

Nope, the current head of Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Xbox OS) is Terry Myerson. Julie Larson-Green is head of Devices & Studios.

Ah yes, I forgot. Julie Larson-Green was the previous head of Windows, not the current one.

The point remains -- the whole gang originally came along for the ride with Sinofsky.

Sszecret said,
Nope, the current head of Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Xbox OS) is Terry Myerson. Julie Larson-Green is head of Devices & Studios.

I think he missed the re-org.
Here's hoping the One microsoft vision is realized.