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[News] [Rival] "Redmond Exodus Builds", Vista Icons Jumps Ship

Microsoft's Vista Blogger Quits As Redmond Exodus Builds

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| White did not provide a reason for his decision. To be sure, his position 
| could not have been an easy one. White's posts often elicited hundreds of 
| responses from Vista users complaining about the operating system's numerous 
| glitches and quirks.   
| His departure also raises questions about Microsoft's ability to retain 
| talent in the Web 2.0 world.  
| [...]
| Earlier this year, Microsoft Business Division president Jeff Raikes said he 
| would retire in September, to be replaced by former Juniper Networks chief 
| operating officer Stephen Elop.  
| Microsoft's merger and acquisitions chief Bruce Jaffe stepped down at the end 
| of February. 
| To boot, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will give up full-time duties at the 
| company in July. 
| The departures highlight one of Microsoft's biggest challenges as a mature 
| company: attracting and retaining Silicon Valley's top talent. In its early 
| days, Microsoft could entice recruits with an entrepreneurial environment and 
| stock options that eventually turned secretaries into millionaires.    


Even the Microsoft-friendly Disinformation Week calls it "an exodus". So the
prophecies were not so self-fulfilling but rather real all along.


Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu

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| Michael Sievert, Corporate Vice President for Windows Product Marketing, is 
| moving on, according to multiple sources of mine. 
| It’s hard to make the case that Sievert, who was responsible for the 
| worldwide introduction of Windows Vista, isn’t being pushed for the 
| less-than-enthusiastic public perception of Microsoft’s latest version of 
| Windows. Even though Microsoft has moved 100-million-plus copies of Vista, 
| many consumers and businesses still consider the new release buggy, sluggish 
| and incompatible with existing software and drivers.     



Microsoft’s OEM chief defects to Lenovo

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| While so many of us Microsoft watchers were preoccupied with the hasty 
| departure of former Microsfot CIO Stuart Scott, the resignation of the 
| company’s OEM chief slipped right by most of us.  


Microsoft losing acquisition playmaker

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| In a previous life Jaffe was the CFO for Microsoft's MSN division, and also 
| had roles overseeing acquisitions related to Microsoft's consumer business, 
| groups like MSNBC and Microsoft Games.  


Microsoft Windows hardware leader takes a ‘vacation’

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| Veteran Softies are dropping like flies lately. The latest Microsoft exec to 
| leave is Jawad Khaki, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Hardware 
| Ecosystem.  


Danny Thorpe quits the Windows Live development team

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| Danny Thorpe, one of the higher-profile hires Microsoft made to its Windows 
| Live team, has decided to leave for greener pastures. 


Microsoft says Zune executive will leave company

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| Bryan Lee, corporate vice president at Microsoft's entertainment
| and devices division, also played a key role in shaping the Xbox
| game console business and the introduction of its Internet
| Protocol television software.


Yet another Microsoft search exec calls it quits

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| In March, Blake Irving, the Corporate VP in charge of the Windows
| Live platform, announced his plans to leave Microsoft, effective
| this summer. Payne announced his resignation from Microsoft shortly
| after Irving made his announcement.


Former Microsoft Search Chief Bill Bliss On Early Search Missteps

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| Bill's biggest regret? Not bypassing middle management that wasn't
| listening to him scream about the coming threat of Google and going
| right up to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. 


Microsoft Search Leader To Leave Company

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| The Microsoft Corp. vice president who led the company's push into
| Internet search is leaving the software giant as the effort he
| helped launch loses ground against lead competitor Google Inc.


Microsoft Businesss Solutions Group's Burgum to resign

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| Microsoft Corp.'s Business Solutions group senior vice president Doug
| Burgum will resign, effective June 30, and leave the company to pursue
| other opportunities, the company said on Tuesday.


Database head to leave daily duties at Microsoft

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| Paul Flessner, who leads Microsoft's data storage and platform
| division, will step down from his daily duties after the new year.


Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign

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| Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows
| Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources
| close to the company.


Veteran Windows architect resigns from Microsoft

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| On the heels of a week of news of a number of Microsoft executive departures 
| and reshufflings, another has come to light. Rob Short, Corporate Vice 
| President for Windows Core, has resigned from the company.  


Juniper Networks exec to succeed Microsoft Business Division President Raikes

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| Another reason I consider the Raikes announcement timing odd: Why announce 
| Raikes’ departure a day after acknowledging the defection of your mergers and 
| acquisitions chief Bruce Jaffe? You could make the argument that Microsoft 
| wants to get all its defection/churn announcements out of the way at once. 
| But I’m not sure I’d look at things the same way, if I were one of the 
| company’s “image makers”….     
| Microsoft also announced on January 10 that Bob Muglia, the Senior Vice 
| President in charge of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, is going to 
| move out of the Business Division and report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.  


Microsoft loses top executive in China

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| "Li Gong is currently exploring other career opportunities," Microsoft said 
| in a statement to News.com. 
| [...]
| In a September 2005 Business Week interview, Ballmer touted Gong as
| one of several key hires that Microsoft had made.
| Most recently, Gong has served as managing director of Windows LiveC
| hina and as Vice President of Microsoft China R&D Group.
| Gong's name came up in the case over Kai-Fu Lee, the top Microsoft
| executive whose hiring by Google sparked a multistate legal battle. 


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