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.”