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.