Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner is leaving the company after 11 years.
Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner is leaving the company after 11 years.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Microsoft on Thursday announced a shift in its top ranks, including the news that tenured chief operating officer Kevin Turner would be leaving the company for a new job.

Satya Nadella, the company’s chief executive, said that five other executives will split the duties formerly held by Turner, who played a key role in Microsoft’s transformation from packaged software to programs offered as services in the internet cloud to a gamut of connected devices.

Turner will remain at Microsoft to assist in the transition through this month, Nadella said, then depart to become the chief executive at global financial firm Citadel Securities, he added. Nadella praised Turner for having an everlasting impact on Microsoft during his 11-year tenure with the tech giant. “I have learned a lot from Kevin over these past few years and wish him all the best,” Nadella said in a blog post.

“Kevin is a world-class business builder with experience managing large and complex organizations,” Citadel founder and chief Kenneth Griffin said in a news release. “Kevin is a proven innovator who brings expertise in technology and operations with a client-first focus.”

Turner’s departure coincides with other shifts in the duties and responsibilities of Microsoft executives Judson Althoff, Jean-Philippe Courtois, Chris Capossela, Kurt DelBene, and Amy Hood. The leadership change also comes as Microsoft prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of Windows 10 with a major update to the software powering more than 350 million computing devices. People who encounter errors when attempting to update their OS may want to read the articles online detailing the best methods of fixing the Windows 10 update error 0x8024000b when faced with this issue.

The Windows 10 update is currently slated for an Aug. 2 release.

The operating system is designed to work on laptops, desktops, smartphones, the company’s Xbox One video game console, HoloLens augmented reality headsets and more. Microsoft have been aggressively promoting customers to upgrade from older versions of the Windows operating system, and has made Windows 10 available as a free upgrade until the operating system turns one year old on July 29.

Microsoft have set a goal of having the operating system in use in more than a billion devices by the year 2018. A figure would put the company on par with competitors such as Apple, which said this year it already has one billion devices running its iOS operating system.