By Emma Roth , a news writer who covers the streaming wars, consumer tech, crypto, social media, and much more. Previously, she was a writer and editor at MUO.
Panos Panay, the chief product officer at Microsoft leading Windows development and the company’s Surface line, is leaving Microsoft. In an announcement on Monday, Microsoft told employees: “After nearly 20 years at the company, Panos Panay has decided to leave Microsoft.”
Panay first joined Microsoft in 2004 as a group program manager. After overseeing the company’s Surface line, Panay became the company’s chief product officer in 2018, where he led the development of Windows 11.
After nearly 20 years at the company, Panos Panay has decided to leave Microsoft. Panos has had an incredible impact on our products and culture as well as the broader devices ecosystem. Under Panos’ leadership, the team created the iconic Surface brand with loved products. More recently, as the leader of Windows, the team has brought amazing services and experiences to hundreds of millions with Windows 11 on innovative devices including those from our OEM partners. He will be missed, and I am personally very grateful for his many contributions over the years. Please join me in wishing him well.
Moving forward, we will double down on our strategy. These changes will be effective immediately with Panos’ help in the transition.