Former Windows Phone manager flocks to Google after getting fired for a tweet, promises to reveal all details soon

Former Windows Phone manager flocks to Google after getting fired for a tweet, promises to reveal all details soon
Ex-Windows Phone program manager Joe Marini made it to the headlines two months ago when he tweeted about the yet unreleased Nokia Windows Phones, apparently breaching NDA papers signed by Microsoft employees. At that time details about what was to become the Nokia Lumia 800 were not exactly a secret as what seemed a controlled leak by Nokia had showed off the device. 

Nonetheless, Marini got into huge trouble after giving an inside peek at the Lumia: "Overall I would say an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction.Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting. I'd like a larger screen too."

That lead to him getting kicked out of Microsoft, and straight into Google’s arms. The outspoken manager has now taken on the role of a Google advocate with a job centered around Developer Relations, API platforms and HTML5 apps.

“I'm excited to be starting my new role at Google, driving the Web forward, and to continuing to work with the amazing people I've met,” Marini tweeted.

What’s most interesting, though, is that the manager mentioned that a blog post about what happened at Microsoft is coming up, so we’ll definitely be checking his Twitter account again in the near future.

source: @joemarini via Engadget

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14 Comments

1. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I't a good thing that you found yourself another job... but dont do that again.... breaching NDA papers?... what made you do that??? i mean what the hell are you thinking...

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thou shall not breach an NDA with a major corperation. the dude obviously hasnt learned too many lessons if he starts doing a tell all about what happened. dude.. you wanna lose another job to be internet famous for 5 seconds?? come on.

9. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

if he breaches any contract again... he will not be able to take on any job anymore cause nobody will accept him..

2. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

that little bit of personal opinion is considered leakage of classified information? those same comments could've been applied to a digital camera or a tablet, too.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

And if that camera or tablet was as important to Company X as the 1st WP were to Nokia and Microsoft, he would have been shown the door at Company X as well.

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

1st- I am glad he landed on his feet at Google. We all suffer from foot-in-mouth at one point or another, and second chances are geat. 2nd- I am sure he will not get canned by his current employer for future tweets about Nokia and Microsoft. He may, however, get a bonus if it is juicy......

14. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Or get sued by MS and Nokia for what he says.

5. Ocean02

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lets take a look at his comment: - His personal score Overall I would say an 8 The Pro Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI,and nice little touches on the body construction. The Con Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting. I'd like a larger screen too. You're working for a company, you're giving a personal negative comment for a product which is about to launch act as a Negative Marketing already. Any company would have taken actions with this type of comment through warnings or laid off.

6. joex2

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

\"promises to reveal all details soon\" Reveal several secrets of WP7 to Google. That\'s why he hired the Goolge.

8. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Now they will say that Nokia Windows Phones flopped because of this guy. :P

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder how MS gets to meet their 100 million goal when their own people are scoring their major partners leading product an 8? If the dishing on MS is juicy and sticks to the facts, Marini is going to be fine. What happened at MS is yesterday's news. He just can't breach his NDA with Google going forward.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Google wouldn't fire him for anything like that. Hell, one of their own employees accidentally published an internal memo to other employees on his public Google+ page. It was a long post which lambasted Google's approach to services and platforms. They didn't fire him; as a matter of fact, they chuckled at his goof, and told him he was right, they already saw the same things he did and they were working on it.

12. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I can understand why the fired him, they have full right to. I also think it may have been a bit harsh. But I've seen worse contract agreements and breachs. But if he were to breach Goggle's NDA, that'd be dumb. Unless Google hired him for the purpose of leaking stuff and thus start a new marketing campaign! But either way: Non-Disclosure Agreement=serious biznez!!

13. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Instead of firing their sincere employees M$ should listen to them closely to avoid their stupid top management decisions.

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