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He wants to "see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer"

Microsoft's recent restructuring effort has scared a lot of company veterans off, and that trend continues as a 25-year employee says his goodbyes. 

According to Re/code, Windows executive Antoine Leblond is leaving Microsoft at end-of-day Monday. He's spent a quarter of a century with the Redmond, Washington tech giant.

He spent his first 20 years in the Office unit, and then moved over to the Windows unit for his last five years. 

“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,” said Leblond in an email to fellow Microsoft employees. “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.”

Antoine Leblond [SOURCE: ZDNet]

Microsoft recently said goodbye to Tony Bates --  the former Skype CEO in charge of Microsoft's business development -- and Tami Reller, the co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit. It also said a major goodbye to former CEO Steve Ballmer (who actually remains on the board) as Satya Nadella moved up to CEO status in January. 

Microsoft has also made considerable changes to its executive ranks, such as Julie Larson-Green -- former head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios Group who recently led Microsoft hardware development -- becoming chief experience officer for the company’s Applications and Services Group; Stephen Elop -- the former CEO of Nokia -- taking over the Devices & Studios Group; Mark Penn, who was an executive vice president at Microsoft overseeing advertising and strategy, becoming chief strategy officer, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stepping in as Founder and Technology Advisor. 

Source: Re/code

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By blueaurora on 3/31/14, Rating: 0
RE: sinking....
By hangfirew8 on 3/31/2014 2:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
Revenue from Android-using H/W manufacturers should keep them going until they figure out what their next monopoly will be.

RE: sinking....
By Fleeb on 3/31/2014 3:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
ARM holdings has a monopoly on 32 bit embedded CPU's. They should need to sink as well.

RE: sinking....
By Fleeb on 3/31/2014 2:58:53 PM , Rating: 3
Java is also dying.

RE: sinking....
By Reclaimer77 on 3/31/2014 2:59:31 PM , Rating: 4
Dude this is a guy that's been there 25 years leaving. Come on, it's not some sign that the company is freaking imploding or something. Wtf? Way too much drama for no reason...

RE: sinking....
By atechfan on 3/31/2014 5:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
Happens all the time when a long term CEO leaves. Power structure changes. People who think they were gonna move up don't. Some might not like the new CEO, some might just be retiring.

Stock price shows that investors don't think there is trouble. Reclaimer is right here.

RE: sinking....
By RGrizzzz on 3/31/2014 3:05:59 PM , Rating: 1
I'd hardly call an Office 365 subscription "free".

RE: sinking....
By geekman1024 on 3/31/2014 9:51:06 PM , Rating: 1
Chicken Little: "Teh sky is falling!!!"

RE: sinking....
By peterrushkin on 3/31/2014 10:01:09 PM , Rating: 1
Funny how everyone is down voting this.

Microsoft is stumbling here. It's too early to tell but they could be in some serious trouble going forward.

Look at IBM, HP, Dell. There were signs before they all got in trouble. Same could be happening to MS.

Lets face it. No one liked the appointment for the CEO. Those in the know were hoping for a leader. Instead we got a Yes man installed by Bill and Steve and is utterly clueless about everything except Cloud.

Wow, Cloud woopy-doo!

Odd title...
By SAN-Man on 3/31/2014 1:42:21 PM , Rating: 5
He hasn't been an exec for 25 years, I'm guessing only recently. He may have been with the company 25 years.

RE: Odd title...
By inperfectdarkness on 4/1/2014 6:16:11 AM , Rating: 1
Whoever has to quit/get fired/resign in order for MS to once again become a GOOD software company--I'm fine with.

MS hardware isn't's just not great, and certainly not enough to warrant detracting from MS bread & butter software.

Surface? Overpriced & Meh
Xbox? Overpriced and Meh (especially compared to PS anything)
Zune? Don't make me laugh
Kin? Oh god, does it burn yet?

In the meanwhile, MS has delivered Vista and Win 8 (which are both an open insult to laptop/desktop users). Likewise, MS also dutifully delivered at least 3 superfluous updates to Office 2003 (only 2010 or 2013 were really necessary--2007 and Live are a joke). And then there's the idea that people who use programs that have NEVER required being online...will somehow flock to "the cloud" (Hence Office Live, etc).

MS should focus on core essentials: stability, compatibility, customizability, ease-of-use, intuitiveness (FU Win 8), and security....all with a low (resource) overhead. The focus on hardware is dragging the company down. I don't care what any XBOX fanboys say, the proof is there:

MicroSOFT = Best OS around, compatibility with everything not made by a fruit company (and even then some), and security like fort knox (provided you apply patches/updates zealously)

MicroHARD = Tepid offerings that don't well distinguish themselves from other market offerings. Oh, and the software quality suffers to boot. Plus, who wants anything "hard" to be "micro"?

RE: Odd title...
By tim851 on 4/1/2014 10:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
MicroSOFT = Best OS around, compatibility with everything not made by a fruit company (and even then some), and security like fort knox (provided you apply patches/updates zealously)

Microsoft has a Linux distro?

RE: Odd title...
By inperfectdarkness on 4/1/2014 12:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
Linux is great at what Linux does. Linux is not great at being Windows. Linux will never own 50% OS marketshare because there will never be 50% of the market smart enough to utilize Linux.

For that matter, when I play games like Fallout/Elder Scrolls on Windows, I have enough bugs to deal with that Bethesda left me. I don't need the additional headache of trying to make it compatible with Linux.

I know there's a lot of fanboys who are going to downrate my comments (both Xbox fans and Linux fans), but I stand by my assessments.

RE: Odd title...
By tim851 on 4/2/2014 7:28:30 AM , Rating: 2
Linux is great at what Linux does. Linux is not great at being Windows. Linux will never own 50% OS marketshare because there will never be 50% of the market smart enough to utilize Linux.

The computer-unsavy people aren't really the problem. They're using Linux when it's called Android.

The lack of drivers (that has gotten better), the lack of games, they're a result of Linux' 3% market share, not some flaw of Linux.

RE: Odd title...
By SAN-Man on 4/2/2014 4:36:20 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I use Linux on the desktop at work and love it.

For your average user, it's too complicated however.

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