About-face! Gartenberg abruptly quits Microsoft, returns to Jupiter

“This is a difficult post to write. But after much of thought [sic], I have decided not to remain with Microsoft and I am returning to JupiterResearch as of Monday 3/12,” Michael Gartenberg blogs.

Gartenberg writes, “At my core, I am an analyst. It’s what I do and I do it well and after much thought, I realize I’m just not ready to stop doing that job just yet. I believe Jupiter itself is poised for some amazing things in the future and I’ve invested too much in the company to feel good about walking away at this point. Therefore I have decided to return and I am pleased that I have been welcomed back. My thanks to everyone I have worked with at Microsoft.”

“I look forward to returning to deliver my unbiased perspectives on the industry and provide Jupiter’s clients with the research and analysis they have come to expect from me and Jupiter,” Gartenberg writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom S.” for the heads up.]
Well, that didn’t take long! Flying chair, Michael? Hey, did you get to bring back what’s left of your integrity, too?

Related article:
Michael Gartenberg sells out, joins Microsoft as ‘Enthusiast Evangelist’ – February 16, 2007


  1. Not surprising. Microsoft wouldn’t be where it’s at today if they were able to obtain / retain / utilize talented people.

    Not to say there aren’t talented folks there, but to say that Microsoft as an organization has no idea how to recognize it and/or harness it.

    How do I know? Look at their products.

  2. My posting on his blog:

    SydneyStephen Says:
    March 7th, 2007 at 4:39 pm
    (Your comment is awaiting moderation)

    Why did you leave Microsoft? Presumably you went there with expectations. Presumably they were not fulfilled. I would like to hear about this aspect of your decision to go back to your old job.

    Have you considered wow will you be able to write about Microsoft now without risking perceptions of bias in either direction?

    Even in a world where lies are sanitised as “spin” your post above seems designed to misdirect the reader as to the real reasons behind your change of mind. I am sure we will all be very interested to hear the real story. If you cannot tell it for legal reasons, then you should at least be honest about that! If it really is true that you just made a bad decision to go to Microsoft then that doesn’t say much for your worth as an analyst.

    And to go back to your old position… With your credibility damaged? Hmmm…


    I wonder if my comment will “pass” moderation. It will be interesting to find out!

  3. Hey, people change their mind all the time about where they want to work. That it’s such a high profile flip-flop is notable, but not particularly earth shattering. Happens all the time.

    That said, I think MDN’s take is spot-on – while it appears he’s being welcomed back by his previous employer, I wonder just how long it will take for the spectre of having accepted a job at M$ only to jump ship so quickly to fade away and allow his work to be unfettered by this turn of events in the industry for which he will be making analyses.

    IOW, just how long will it take for Jupiter’s clients to TRULY trust in his analysis and research without that niggling thought as to how it might have been influenced or skewed by his [exceptionally brief] time at M$, however justified (or not) that may be?

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