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June 20, 2006

Corporate VP Martin Taylor leaves Microsoft

Posted by David Hunter at 8:54 PM ET.

Here’s an odd one via Ina Fried at CNET – Key Ballmer adviser leaves Microsoft:

Martin Taylor, a key adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has left the software maker.

Taylor, a 13-year company veteran who led Microsoft’s “Get the Facts” anti-Linux crusade for several years, was named in March as a corporate vice president overseeing the marketing push for Windows Live services.

Before he led the “Get the Facts” campaign, Taylor served as director of business strategy, working directly for Ballmer on various strategic projects and on long-term planning for the corporation. Prior to that, he spent more than two years as general manager of Microsoft’s Caribbean unit.

“We’ve made the difficult decision to part ways with Martin, but we don’t comment on personnel matters,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We appreciate Martin’s contributions at Microsoft over the past 13 years.”

Taylor could not immediately be reached for comment.

Aside from the phraseology, it’s not unusual that employees leave Microsoft, but what is unusual is that I was quoting Taylor today from the press Q&A (dated yesterday) touting the launch of Windows Live Messenger. Things seem a trifle disordered in Windows Live land.

Update: There’s more at Bloomberg News which broke the story.

Filed under Employee Retention, General Business, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows Live

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2 Responses to “Corporate VP Martin Taylor leaves Microsoft”

  1. Time for some Martin Taylor departure theories -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Yesterday’s abrupt and puzzling departure of Martin Taylor, the Microsoft corporate VP in charge of marketing for the high profile Windows Live offerings is fertile ground for speculation and the theories have already started to crop up. Parmy Olson at Forbes recounts Taylor’s puzzling disappearance and offers: Not surprisingly, Taylor’s sudden departure has left many scratching their heads. Some observers believe Ray Ozzie, the man set to take over Bill Gates’ role as chairman in 2008, may have had a hand in trying prepare his own team of executives. With Windows Live still in its fledgling stages, this was perhaps a good a time as any to reshuffle the deck. [...]

  2. Windows Live Toolbar ships sans marketing -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] But here’s a puzzle. Do you get the feeling that Windows Live marketing has gone AWOL since Martin Taylor’s disappearance? Windows Live OneCare and Windows Live Messenger got press releases when they shipped in May and June respectively (at which point Taylor left), but Windows Live Custom Domains and Windows Live Favorites just got posts in Microsoft blogs when they shipped in June, as did Windows Live Expo when it shipped in July. Now Windows Live Toolbar doesn’t even get a post in a Microsoft blog that I can find. Admittedly, not all Windows Live offerings are of equal importance, but Windows Live Expo is going to do battle with craigslist for the lucrative classified ad market and Windows Live Toolbar is a control center for a number of important Windows Live features. You’d think Microsoft could pony up a few bucks for some real announcements and a little hoopla if Windows Live were really so important to the company’s future. Could the budget be a little tight, what with the demands for Vista, Office, Xbox 360, and Zune marketing as well or is marketing just disorganized? Filed under Beta and CTP, General Business, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live, Marketing, Windows Live Expo, Windows Live Favorites, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Custom Domains, Windows Live Search, Windows Live Toolbar, Microsoft, Windows Live Gallery   [Permalink] [...]

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