Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, has announced his decision to leave the company after nearly 20 years of service. Panay joined Microsoft in 2004 and has been responsible for projects like Surface, where he presented products like Surface Neo and Surface Duo at key company events.

The news of Panay’s departure has come as a surprise, as he had become a prominent figure at Microsoft and a key contributor to the introduction of new products and services. His passion in presenting the company’s products has made him one of Microsoft’s most charismatic executives.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, has expressed gratitude to Panay for his work and leadership throughout these years. Yusuf Mehdi will now assume leadership of the Windows and Surface businesses.

In a letter sent to Microsoft employees, it is mentioned that the decision to leave the company was made by Panay, although the specific reasons were not specified. Microsoft’s executive members page already reflects Panay’s departure.

Panos Panay’s departure leaves a significant void at Microsoft, as his experience and leadership have been instrumental to the company’s success in recent years. It will be interesting to see what new challenges Panay will face in his next mission outside of Microsoft.

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