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. If I think of Microsoft testing products I think of the scene in 30 Rock where Alec Baldwin’s character – Jack Donaghy – is conducting some market research and says: “If you say you like it you can have some Pizza” as he holds an open pizza box in front of them.

  2. Maybe he was trying to upgrade everyone internally to Vista and it was pissing everyone off?

    He told Clippy to get bent?

    He got drunk and made Bob jokes at Melinda Gates’ cocktail party?

    He hid Ballmer’s “therapy chairs”?

    Actually, the strongest rumor is that he was having an affair with a VP who was a direct subordinate. Bitterness ensued from coworkers over her promotion, yada, yada, yada.

  3. He was probably pissed that after five years and approx. $1B spent, Vista was shit and said so. His reward was to get tossed out on his can.

    As far as an affair with a co-worker, it couldn’t have been that. Lack of ethics at M$ is a prerequisite for getting hired. It starts at the top. It’s in the employee handbook. Any sign of actual ethical behavior can get you renditioned to Guantanamo.

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  4. The timing soon after the release of Leopard is interesting.

    “The CIO is supposed to be Microsoft’s first and best customer. So it’s important that Microsoft get somebody into that position”

    He’s a closet Mac fan, I think…

  5. I heard he was surfing Porn and eating up massive amounts of bandwidth. Balmer said, “save some of that headroom for me”, but Mr. Scott was too into it to take heed.

    If anyone asks, you never heard it from me (shhhh)

  6. The CIO is supposed to be Microsoft’s first and best customer.

    Says a lot when MS serves their “first and best” the bucket of re-warmed shit known as Vista.

    Really, I cannot imagine a worse job than working MS IT. You’d have to be either oblivious to the world, or a complete masochist (or both). Getting to work with the latest and greatest, fresh warm and direct from MS’s bowels? I’d rather be Amish and shovel real dung. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

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