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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 3/31/2014 2:07:51 PM , Rating: 0
The proverbial rats on a sinking ship. They have no idea how to win at this current system. Anything they can't control from the ground up they fail at. The best thing they could do is reinvent themselves totally in all facets. The moneymaker that is Office is doomed to a steady and consistent decline (I still can't believe they let it go free to mobile platforms the other day, that was their Trojan horse to get low cost tablets WITH office into peoples hand. Hell I was going to buy one instead of android for that purpose alone.) Windows units are smart enough to just make two distinct units so they can push the envelope with one and keep everyone else happy with the other. Xbox brand as slowly slipping away and with it the loss of Xbox Live income would surely hurt what would be a loss leading category.

They are in trouble and all of them know it. They can either make parachutes or hang gliders for the trip down.

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!

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