Microsoft said on Monday that Pavan Davuluri will lead a team focused on Windows software, device portfolio and semiconductor chips, while announcing the departure of longtime product chief Panos Panay.

Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of Microsoft’s experiences and devices group, said in an employee email that the team led by Davuluri will “build chips, systems and devices for the artificial intelligence world across Windows, clients and clouds.” Reuters has seen a copy of the email.

Microsoft is betting big on generative artificial intelligence, integrating the technology into a wide range of its products, including its cloud, search and productivity software, and services like its Office suite.

The team shakeup comes as Panay steps down after nearly 20 years at the Redmond, Wash.-based company, where he was responsible for the creation of the Surface line of computers and, most recently, the launch of the Windows 11 operating system.

Davuluri will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the email said.

Microsoft is also creating a team to work on web services and Windows experiences, with a focus on AI-based products.

The company will host a “special event” on September 21 where it is expected to announce updates to the Surface line, among other updates.

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