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Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft veteran of 21 years, has left Microsoft to start his own company, after doing his best to attract developers to the Windows Phone 7 platform.  (Source: Flickr/Charlie Kindel)
Executive was critical in selling developers on the WP7 platform

While Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone operating system has posted relatively abysmal sales, it has a surprisingly decent applications catalog.  A lot of Microsoft's success in attracting WP7 developers is thanks to Microsoft veteran Charlie Kindel, who joined the WP7 division in 2010 prior to its launch.  

Now with Microsoft hoping for a turn-around with its Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango" software update and lineup refresh, it's been dealt a blow as Mr. Kindel has announced via his personal webpage that he will be leaving the company.

He writes:
21 years later I have finally decided I need to do something different: I'm leaving to start a new company here in the Seattle area. I'm sure you'll hear about it. I'm not yet ready to disclose details about the new venture but I can say I will be staying in the Seattle area to build it. It has to do with sports, advertising, mobile, social-networking, and, of course, the cloud. I'm insanely excited to get started.
While the loss isn't completely catastrophic for Microsoft, it does come at a very inopportune time.  Continued strong developer support is critical for the Mango launch to be a success.  With Mr. Kindel gone, all bets are off about exactly what Microsoft will be able to bring to the table, developer-wise.

As we've noted many times, Microsoft's WP7 project has been the ideal case study in a platform whose imagination is far ahead of the competition, but whose market execution is sorely lacking.  It's hard to say whether this will be another significant chapter in the platform's history of struggles, or just another footnote.

On a positive note WP7 did pick up Brandon Foy, the creator of a popular YouTube fan-made commercial for WP7.  Microsoft will be employing Mr. Foy, a graphics designer, as a key part of its UX (GUI) design team.


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Fantasy Crime League
By Mitch101 on 8/9/2011 12:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe hes doing my idea of a fantasy sports league except you choose players who are most likely to commit crimes because they feel they are above the law being a high profile sports player. Would work well for Hollywood too.

For example an arrest is 21 points, DUI is 14, rape charge is 10, having a firearm is 7 points, speeding is 3 points, and steroid charges are 3 but 10 for every other player you rat out, a shooting or boating accident which takes the lives of others is worth 50 points, involved in dog fighting is 30, texting pictures of ones parts, leaving an inappropriate message while being married, soliciting the announcer, etc etc etc the list goes on. Obviously the point system needs balancing but it can be done.

Copyright Mitch101 August 2011.




RE: Fantasy Crime League
By Lord 666 on 8/9/2011 12:46:29 PM , Rating: 2
Your point system is clearly out of whack for Hollywood use.


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