Another Windows Phone executive jumps ship to join Amazon's mobile division

Another Windows Phone executive jumps ship to join Amazon's mobile division
Hot on the heels of two separate rumors of an upcoming Amazon smartphone, it is now being reported that Robert Williams, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Windows Phone business development, will be joining Amazon to become director of the Amazon App Store. This is the second high profile defection from Microsoft’s Windows phone team to head to Amazon this year; back in February the head of Windows Phone Developer Experience, Brandon Watson, left to become head up the Kindle cross-platform team.

Neither executive has a job description that explicitly states they are working on an Amazon phone…but since it’s an unannounced product category that isn’t exactly a surprise either. Williams’ new role as head of the App Store certainly would afford him opportunity to work on optimizing the user experience of finding and purchasing apps on any current and upcoming mobile hardware.

Microsoft has also restructured some of its Windows Phone leadership over the last year, so there’s been a constant stream of changes inside the division. Whether that indicates larger problems, frustration with the lack of market success of WP7, or simply executives leaving to pursue other opportunities isn’t clear, but what is clear is that Amazon is certainly reaping some rewards from the situation.

source: Windows Gadget News via The Verge



1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Looks like Amazon's got something cookin'...

2. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Can I join Amazon too.

3. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

The succeeded with their tablet, hopefully they do the same with their phone.

4. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

What exactly do you mean by "jumps ship"? According to my understanding, this suggests that Windows phone is or is going to be in trouble and he has foreseen this so he has decided to join a company that has a brighter future. I always pay attention to your headlines and by doing that, i am able to tell what Kind of discussion is going to follow. You are always implying something with your headlines for example; you don't talk about Nokia without mentioning the words trouble, poor sales or Elop. Same for windows phone, you always mention little market share or few apps. You are a source of news, your opinion should not be known unless you specify that the article is not news but an opinion, you always mix news and your opinions. Let the fanboys give their opinions. I am so impressed with the way The Verge and GSMArena run their sites. Style up and try to follow their example.

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Stfu you're over thinking it. If you don't like the site, leave.

7. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I can see from your comment that you prefer not to think at all so i won't say much.

9. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Ignore him, fandroid sheep everywhere haha

12. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I was thinking the same thing. To say he "jumped ship" would imply that the ship was going under, which all statistics show it's NOT. But what can one expect from a site that lets Microsoft/Windows Phone hating, untalented writers like "Victor H" publish personal opinions as facts (though he did not write -this- article). That guy seem to be a straight-up idiot. Why do PhoneArena let someone who obviously strongly dislike a company write "objective" news about said company? You can tell which articles he has written just by looking at the slandering headline and the thought in your head saying "Wouw, this article will suck" before even clicking it. I hate this place. I used to be here every day, several times a day, but as long as that no-clue wannabe "journalist" fanboy Victor H is around - this site can F off. What a kindergarten. I'm disgusted, and I tell people to avoid this site whenever I can. Although I happened to be here today, and it was still not a positive experience. This site shall burn.

6. debdeakins

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

lol its funny how the media spins off such news. It has nothing to do with "larger problems, frustration with the lack of market success of WP7" just that they are closing down pretty much every thing related to WinCE (Wp7 runs on WinCE kernel) and merging the WP team with the windows team as it makes more sense for them to do so because the share the same WinNT kernel now across all their devices (except xbox360). So now there will be just one guy managing developer experience across WP and windows as WP8 development platform is a subset on WinRT which is their development platform for windows 8 and RT(WOA).

8. qwertypoor

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

working at Microsoft then going to Amazon sounds weird to me maybe they're Microsoft agents to make sure they don't make anything better then wp8 lol Idk anythings possible

10. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Why Scott H? I read almost every artical on this site, but when it come to you and anythin about Microsoft, WP, and Nokia you make a story sound bad. I agree with ron1niro on this one.

11. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

As usual, get used to it. Scott H & Victor H are both isheep or fandroid

13. jack1059

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

I see a lot of revolving door activity with management at MS. Doesnt really give you a lot fo faith, but Im not surprised. Ive worked in a few big companies and a lot of them suffer from this sort of culture. Promise a lot to the new management hire / appointee. And they all mean what they say and what they want. Then when that person is in the role and try to actually innovate / push things forward, they get stopped by the corporate culture. Common to big organisations and hard to change.

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