Terry Myerson

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Terry Myerson
Born 1972/1973 (age 45–46)[1]
Residence Washington, United States
Alma mater Duke University
Occupation Microsoft Executive Vice President, former head of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group
Website Microsoft profile

Terry Myerson (born 1972 or 1973)[1] is an Executive Vice President of Microsoft and the former head of its Windows and Devices Group. He graduated from Duke University in 1992 and founded Intersé Corporation, which Microsoft purchased in 1997. At Microsoft, he led software and engineering teams behind Microsoft Exchange and Windows Phone before his executive promotion in the company's July 2013 reorganization. His plan to leave Microsoft after a transition period was announced in March 2018.

Education and career

Myerson attended Duke University, where he studied in the college of arts and sciences for a semester before choosing a mechanical engineering major.[1] While in college, he worked as a waiter and a part-time graphics creator at the Environmental Protection Agency.[1] Upon graduation in 1992,[2] he worked in computer graphics before starting his own company, Intersé Corporation, which made websites and data mining software before being acquired by Microsoft in 1997.[1] Myerson received $16.5 million in stock with the acquisition.[1]


At Microsoft, Myerson worked in business Internet services and server applications, including Site Server, BizTalk Server, and Windows Management Instrumentation.[1] He joined the corporate email and calendar Microsoft Exchange software team in 2001, which he led for eight years.[1]

He became the head of mobile engineering near the end of 2008, and called a meeting in December that scrapped Microsoft's Windows Mobile product and programming code in favor of a completely rebuilt system designed to better compete with the iPhone.[1] He was promoted to lead the Windows Phone operation-- as a direct report of CEO Steve Ballmer -- in 2011.[1][3] Myerson restructured the mobile team, and was responsible for hiring Joe Belfiore, who later redesigned the Windows Phone interface.[1] Myerson also connected Microsoft with Nokia's hardware division via a personal relationship with Nokia's executive vice president of smart devices, which grew into Microsoft's biggest Windows Phone partnership.[1]

In July 2013, Myerson was promoted to executive vice president of Microsoft's new operating systems engineering division, which controlled Microsoft Windows as well as Windows Phone, Xbox system software, and various services.[1] The Verge called Myerson "the most important man at Microsoft" after the company's executive reorganization.[1] In 2015, Microsoft merged their Devices Group into the Operating Systems Group to form a new Windows and Device Group which was led by Myerson and which was responsible for Windows operating systems, Xbox system, Windows back-end services and the Surface and HoloLens lineup of hardware products.[4] In March 2018 Microsoft announced it would split the Windows & Devices division into Experiences & Devices and Cloud & AI and that Myerson would leave.[5]

Personal life

He has a wife and three children.[6] He is a member of the Seattle Foundation Board of Trustees.[6] His younger brother works at Microsoft.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Jeffries, Adrianne (July 12, 2013). "Meet Terry Myerson, the most important man at Microsoft". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  2. ^ Broom, Bethany (October 16, 1998). "Terry Myerson" (Press release). Duke Pratt School of Engineering. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Murph, Darren (April 16, 2013). "Microsoft's Terry Myerson senses no urgency with iOS, calls Android 'a mess,' says WP8 is most successful in non-subsidized markets". Engadget. AOL Tech. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Bright, Peter (June 17, 2015). "Stephen Elop out as Microsoft merges Windows and devices groups". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Dave, Paresh (March 29, 2018). "Microsoft's Windows head to leave company amid reorganization". Reuters. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Terry Myerson - News Center". microsoft.com.
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