IIT Madras Alumnus Pavan Davuluri Is New Head of Microsoft Windows and Surface

Pavan Davuluri, an alumnus of IIT Madras, has been appointed as the new head of Microsoft Windows. Pavan Davuluri will lead the combined Windows and Surface teams at Microsoft.

Davuluri has a history of overseeing Microsoft's hardware endeavors and will now be in charge of Windows engineering as well. This strategic move follows the internal merging of the Windows and Surface teams, marking a significant leadership reshuffle within Microsoft. Davuluri's experience and expertise are expected to play a key role in the development of both Windows and Surface products moving forward.

This follows the departure of Panos Panay and represents a significant leadership change within the company. Davuluri has been with Microsoft for over two decades and has previously overseen the company's hardware endeavors, including efforts to optimize Windows for Arm-based devices. His new role involves spearheading development on both Windows and Surface, marking a return to the earlier structure within Microsoft's Engineering and Devices organization.

Pavan Davuluri has been involved in several significant projects at Microsoft including the ones below –

Optimization of Windows for Arm-based devices: Davuluri played a key role in adapting Windows to run efficiently on Arm-based processors, which are known for their power efficiency.

Development of Surface processors: He oversaw the development of processors for the Surface line of devices in collaboration with companies like Qualcomm and AMD¹.

Contributions to Bing, Edge, and Copilot: His work also extended to Microsoft's search engine Bing, the Edge browser, and the AI-based tool Copilot.

These projects reflect his broad experience and expertise in both hardware and software, as well as his ability to lead teams in developing integrated solutions for Microsoft's products.

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