At the beginning of the week, the surprising news came out that Panos Panay, the head of the Surface team at Microsoft, with 19 years of experience, announced his resignation. This announcement came just a few days before the launch of the new Surface product lineup. However, when looking at the product lineup that was unveiled, it may provide some insight into the reason behind this resignation.
According to a report from Business Insider, one reason that led Panos to make this decision is the cancellation of numerous hardware projects that were in the testing phase. This move aligns with Microsoft’s strategy to refocus their hardware business structure, following a large-scale employee layoff earlier this year.
Microsoft has now shifted its focus to the hardware lineup that has been successful and has an established customer base. In the recent product launch event, we witnessed the unveiling of Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Laptop Go, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Hub, and Surface Go. However, there was no sign of any new experimental hardware.
Several canceled products have been mentioned, including the new Surface Headphone, Surface Laptop SE 2, Surface Duo, and the 11-inch Surface Pro.
TLDR: Panos Panay, the head of Microsoft’s Surface team, resigned before the launch of the new Surface products. Reports suggest that the cancellation of numerous hardware projects contributed to his decision. Microsoft is now focusing on established hardware products, leaving out any new experimental devices.