Former Microsoft executive Panos Panay joins Amazon to head devices division, including Alexa and Echo.
Amazon has hired Panos Panay, the former product chief of Microsoft, to head its devices division. This comes as a significant departure for Microsoft's hardware division, as Panay was responsible for leading Windows development and the company's Surface line. According to reports, Panay is set to take over the division responsible for Alexa and the Echo smart speakers at Amazon. Microsoft has confirmed that Panay is leaving the company, but there is no official statement regarding his move to Amazon.