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Another Microsoft executive, Antoine Leblond, to depart

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Another Microsoft executive, Antoine Leblond, to depart
For better or for worse, another executive that was instrumental in the development of Windows 8, along with the cloud services and Windows Store, is leaving the company after 25 years.

For most of his career, Antoine Leblond worked with the Office team and Steven Sinofsky before they both moved to Windows. There they delivered the highly praised Windows 7 operating system and further guided Microsoft to deliver the modern experience delivered in Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Leblond is just the latest of visible figures to explore other opportunities in the wake of the Microsoft reorganization that began before Satya Nadella took the helm last month. Since that change in executive leadership however, Mr. Nadella has been making changes to his senior leadership team as well.

“After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer,” wrote Lablond in his farewell email, “Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, and I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things. I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.”

source: re/code

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posted on 31 Mar 2014, 00:01 1

1. fzacek (Posts: 1852; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hmmm, I understand how he would feel...

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 00:05 1

2. fzacek (Posts: 1852; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


And BTW, why is it even so important that an employee is resigning from Microsoft?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 00:38

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 385; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It's not important, just slow news day. PA writers have daily quotas you know.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 01:37 2

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Well, he was part of the team that is working on Windows 8 and RT, which are key products for MS going forward. His contribution is probably significant, and now MS doesn't have him on the team.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:05

5. sgodsell (Posts: 1287; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It seems like a number of key players from Microsoft have left recently. I like the part when he stated that he is going to see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer. Well 95% of the mobile smartphone world can't be wrong when they choose Android or iOS. Not to mention 97% of the tablets are either Android or iOS. The world has seen that it can exist without Microsoft just fine.
Even Microsoft's Nokia made and recently released not just one Android phone but 3. If WP was doing well, don't you think that Microsoft would have used WP instead of using the competition's OS to generate the needed sales and revenue.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 09:08

6. fzacek (Posts: 1852; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


How many people, do you think, were on the team?

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