Microsoft’s Windows Phone ’07 manager quits, still hopeful

“Microsoft’s mobile ambitions took a hit Monday as its Windows Phone group’s General Manager revealed he was leaving the company,” Electronista reports.

“The 21-year veteran will quit as of September 2 to found a startup focused on a mix ads, the cloud, mobile, and athletics,” Electronista reports. “He told GeekWire that he had already moved his Windows Phone tasks off to mobile general manager Matt Bencke.”

Electronista reports, “Kindel stressed that the departure was amicable and that he was very confident the Windows Phone team would do well. In a goodbye e-mail, he thought that Windows Phone was a source of pride for the company, although he hinted he would no longer be tied to the Windows ecosystem. ‘To the Windows Phone team: I may stop using some Microsoft products now that I’m out of here,” he said. “But not Windows Phone. The BEST product Microsoft has ever built. Do not let up!'”

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  1. “Best MS product ever built”

    That’s easily true. The Windows phone may be the first time MS has strayed from their usual format of blatantly stealing and copying every single aspect of Mac products. Four years from now it will be a very respectable product that nobody buys … akin to their amazing Zune.

    Long live Ballmer!

  2. “I may stop using some Microsoft products now that I’m out of here,”

    Anyone else think that’s an odd statement to put in a letter to MS employees? Sure…everyone wants a MBA..and I’m sure he already has one…but to make that statement in a company “letter” is telling.

    1. I think that’s MS employee code for “I’m Free! I’m Free!”

      But I’d better say I’m going to keep using the phone because I haven’t established my corporate account yet to buy my new iPhone through, so I’d lose all my contacts and photos.

  3. I doubt he left so that he could finally use a Mac.

    I’m sure he plans to use an iPod, iPad, and iPhone as well.

    He’s obviously going to be glad to be able to use Google for search too.

    What a life changing experience leaving Microsoft can be.

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