Microsoft cans CIO for ‘violation of company policies’

“Microsoft has fired Chief Information Officer Stuart Scott, providing the terse explanation that he was dismissed for the ‘violation of company policies,'” Wendy Tanaka and Brian Caulfield report for Forbes.

MacDailyNews Take: He probably did or said something ethical.

Tanaka and Caulfield continue, “In a statement, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said his dismissal came as the result of an internal investigation. The company wouldn’t provide details about what policies were violated or how.”

“Microsoft said General Manager Shahla Aly and Corporate Vice President Alain Crozier will take over Scott’s duties until a replacement is found,” Tanaka and Caulfield report.

Full article here.

Richard Koman reports for NewsFactor, “Rob Helm, director of research at Directions on Microsoft, said the ‘pattern indicates some sort of HR violation.'”

Koman reports, “The CIO position is ‘very important not just to Microsoft’s internal I.T. but also to how Microsoft tests products,’ Helm said in a telephone interview. ‘The CIO is supposed to be Microsoft’s first and best customer. So it’s important that Microsoft get somebody into that position,’ he said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft tests products? If so, perhaps they should start testing them on real people instead of IT drones.

Koman continues, “Scott’s job included both internal-facing I.T., where he was ‘responsible for security, infrastructure, messaging, and business applications for all of Microsoft,’ according to the bio, as well as prerelease product testing. Microsoft I.T. ‘deploys prerelease versions of Microsoft products throughout the company,’ Microsoft said, improving quality, enhancing products, and identifying new market opportunities.”

Full article here.


  1. Since he was ultimately in charge of testing products (according to the article) this may have something to do with the poor response that Vista is getting in the press and with Microsoft’s customers. It’s an interesting story. I’m looking forward to the follow ups.

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