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[News] [Rival] Another Top Man at Microsoft Jumps Ship

Microsoft's European antitrust point man leaves for Apple

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| Tom Brookes, Microsoft's Brussels-based spokesman on antitrust matters, has 
| resigned his partnership position at the public affairs consultancy G-Plus, 
| and his responsibility for the Microsoft account, and is understood to be 
| joining Apple, according to people who work closely with him.   


Ouch. He probably know there are more fines to come and it's too hard to defend


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.     



Raikes and Other Exits

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| It's weird that Mini and all the commenters here have failed to notice the 
| mass exodus from the Xbox team in 2007. By my count, more than 15% of the 
| product team (dev/PM/test) have left Microsoft for Apple, Sony, Google, 
| Yahoo, MySpace, Amazon, and various other companies (including several 
| startups, local and in the Valley).    


Another Microsoft manager jumps from the Live Search ship

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| Mike Nichols, Group Program Manager for Live Search, has resigned and is 
| moving to work for Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of Strategic 
| Partnerships.  
| [...]
| What to make of all the recent resignations and reshufflings among the 
| various Microsoft business units? Well, it is reorg season in Redmond. But on 
| the Live Search side of the house, it’s got to be tough to keep banging your 
| head against the wall and making little or no headway in growing your market 
| share….    


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. 


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’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.  


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.


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’s open source chief takes on Windows server marketing

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| The change comes amid a long-building storm that exploded in May, when the 
| company said that Linux violates 235 Microsoft patents. 


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.


at least no chairs were thrown…

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| A friend of mine was walked out of Microsoft today.
| I’m not talking about Stuart Scott, the now former Microsoft CIO who was 
| canned for “violating company policies.” No, another friend decided to leave 
| the MSN Live Search team and join Google Kirkland.   


Another Microsoft Search reorg: Shum now leads engineering

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| That same month, Windows Live Platform VP Blake Irving resigned, as did Chris 
| Payne. the Corporate Vice President in charge of Windows Live Search. 


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.


XBLA's Ross Erickson leaves Microsoft, heads over to Sierra Online

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| Of course, this follows XBLA General Manager Greg Canessa's
| departure a couple weeks back. While having two of the most
| senior Xbox Live Arcade execs jump ship in a two week time 
| span after a particularly long string of subpar Wednesdays
| -- nothing, Ms. Pac-Man, Lumines add-on, nothing, Root Beer
| Tapper, Paperboy, nothing -- might seem to imply certain
| disaster, Ross insisted that he and Greg's decided to
| leave under entirely different circumstances.


XBLA main man jumps ship

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| In somewhat surprising news, Greg Canessa, the big guy behind
| Xbox Live Arcade, has left the Microsoft compound for PopCap Games.


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.


Evangelist Gartenberg back to being analyst

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| After only three weeks at Microsoft as an "evangelist," Michael
| Gartenberg is returning to his old job as vice president and
| research director at JupiterResearch.


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