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Microsoft appoints IIT Madras graduate Pavan Davuluri to lead Windows And Surface

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Microsoft appoints IIT Madras graduate Pavan Davuluri

Satya Nadella-led tech giant Microsoft has reportedly appointed Pavan Davuluri, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras graduate, as the new chief of its Windows and Surface divisions.

The move, first reported by the American media house The Verge, marks another addition to the growing list of leaders of Indian origin leading global technology firms.

Davuluri, who has worked at Microsoft for 23 years, will step into this role to lead the integration of Windows and Surface teams. He aims for a unified approach to developing devices and systems in the AI-driven era.


Strategic reintegration

The report comes after Panos Panay moved to Amazon last year, which resulted in the Windows and Surface teams being split and led by different people. Davuluri, who previously led the Surface silicon and devices segment, now takes on a consolidated role, overseeing both Windows and Surface products.

The reintegration under Davuluri's leadership is part of Microsoft's strategy to foster a holistic development process across its client and cloud services, as stated by Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s head of experiences and devices.

"This will enable us to take a holistic approach to building silicon, systems, experiences, and devices that span Windows client and cloud for this AI era,” explains Jha, as reported by The Verge.

Who is Pavan Davuluri? 

Pavan Davuluri's journey began with his education at IIT Madras, followed by a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

He started his career at Microsoft as a Reliability Component Manager and has since held various roles. He also contributed to the company's partnership with Qualcomm and AMD in developing custom Surface processors.

Empowering Women Developers in India 

In addition, Microsoft has committed to skilling and certifying 75,000 women developers in India by 2024. The initiative, which is part of the expansion of Microsoft's ‘Code; Without Barriers’ programme, aims to enhance expertise in cloud, AI, and digital technologies.