Microsoft bigwig! Head of Surface design team retires

Microsoft’s Head of Surface Design Team Retires

On April 17th, according to the latest news from 快科技 (Tech Fast), a prominent figure in Microsoft’s hardware design field, Ralf Groene, the head of the Surface design team, announced his retirement on LinkedIn.

Groene said, “I am delighted to share with everyone that I have now retired.”

Throughout his career at Microsoft, Groene played a significant role as one of the main drivers behind the Microsoft Surface computer series.

Image of Ralf Groene

His design philosophy began to unfold since the launch of the first-generation Surface RT tablet in 2012, becoming one of the defining features of the entire Surface device lineup.

In March of this year, Microsoft officially appointed Pavan Davuluri as the new head of the Windows and Surface team.

Image of Pavan Davuluri

Last year, after the departure of the “Surface father” Panos Panay from Microsoft, Windows and Surface teams were split, each led by two executives.

Now, the Windows and Surface teams have merged again under the leadership of Davuluri, as Panay “decides to explore new roles.”

Image of Windows and Surface teams merging

Also, in March, Microsoft launched the commercial versions of Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6, with consumer versions expected to be released later this year.

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