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January 12, 2006

3rd Key MSN Manager Leaves Microsoft

Posted by David Hunter at 7:59 AM ET.

(Via Brier Dudley reports in the Seattle Times:

Microsoft’s MSN division is losing another key manager with the departure of Raja Abburi, general manager of its communication-client products, who told his team this week that he’s leaving the company.

Abburi is leaving Feb 15 to start his own business in the Seattle area.

In his position, Abburi, 40, was responsible for MSN communication products, including MSN Messenger, one of the group’s most successful and competitive products. In addition to competing with the text-messaging services offered by America Online and Yahoo!, MSN Messenger is pushing further into telecommunications and facing new challengers such as Google and Skype.

In addition to Abburi’s departure, MSN lost the manager of its portal and content group in October. Hadi Partovi, who led the development of the portal that’s a centerpiece of Microsoft’s new “Live” Web service, also left to pursue his own venture.

Earlier, MSN lost content manager Scott Moore to Yahoo! last April.

As the article observes, employee retention is a growing concern at Microsoft as the company matures. More by following the link.

Filed under Employee Retention, General Business, MSN, MSN Messenger

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