Panos Panay, on Twitter/X:
After 19 incredible years at Microsoft, I’ve decided to turn the
page and write the next chapter. I’m forever grateful for my time
at Microsoft and the amazing people I had the honor to make
Emma Roth, reporting for The Verge:
Panay’s departure from Microsoft is somewhat abrupt. Just last
month, Panay mentioned he was excited to appear at
Microsoft’s special event that’s set to take place on Thursday,
September 21st, where the company is poised to reveal the latest
additions to its Surface lineup and “AI innovation.”
However, Microsoft spokesperson Frank Shaw tells The Verge Panay
will not appear at this week’s event.
The timing on this is so awkward, given that the Surface event — that Panay was presumably set to emcee — is just three days from now. Microsoft’s terse statement and Panos’s tone in the tweet make it seem acrimonious, but not scandalous.
And lo, Dina Bass and Matt Day report for Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Inc. is hiring Microsoft Corp.’s product chief to run
the division responsible for the voice-activated Alexa assistant
and Echo smart speakers, according to people familiar with the
situation. Panos Panay, an almost 20-year veteran who led
Microsoft’s Windows team and was central to the company’s hardware
push with its Surface computers, said Monday he’s leaving the
Dave Limp, the longtime Amazon hardware chief, said last month
that he would retire before the end of the year.
I have mixed opinions on Panos Panay.
Same here. Panos without question elevated Microsoft to be a major player in PC hardware, but looking back, I don’t see any of their devices as iconic. From the get-go, I always wondered how hamstrung the Surface was (and remains) by Microsoft’s need to maintain good relations with other PC OEMs.
★ Monday, 18 September 2023