Buh-bye: Senior Zune exec exits Microsoft

“A senior Microsoft Corp. executive who oversaw the launch of its Zune digital music player plans to leave the company, the world’s largest software maker said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports.

“Bryan Lee, corporate vice president at Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, … is a key deputy of Robbie Bach, head of Microsoft’s entertainment and device division. J Allard, a rising star within Microsoft and one of the early Xbox leaders, will now take full responsibility for the Zune business,” Reuters reports.

Reuters reports, “Lee plans to leave the company in the next several weeks to pursue personal interests, Microsoft said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Buh-bye, Bryan. Excellent work. By the way, Microsoft’s J Allard has 9 iPods and uses an Apple Mac.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MrKruser” for the heads up.]

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  1. “Rising star…” soon to be “falling meteor” threatening to make all life extinct in Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division.

    Imagine being in charge of trying to win against the Holy Trinity of iPod/iTunes/iTMS? (Not to mention the archangels of Apple TV and iPhone.)

  2. Great job and best wishes Mr. Lee! Thank you for your hard work which got Zune off to a fantastic start and Apple on the run. You iPod lemmings ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Allard is a true visionary unlike that moron Jobs. The trinity is now complete: Gates, Ballmer, Allard.

    Cupertino, you might as well give up now. Your vaporware iPhone is dead in the water, the stale iPod is losing chunks of market share to Zune and Vista blows the doors off OS X in innovation, stability and security.

    Welcome to the Social.

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