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March 7, 2007

Head of Windows Live Search to leave Microsoft?

Posted by David Hunter at 7:40 PM ET.

Marketwatch reports the buzz from the Wall Street Journal:

The Microsoft Corp. executive in charge of the company’s efforts to gain more share of the Internet search market will leave the company, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that Christopher Payne, vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Live Search group, will leave to start his own company.

Reportedly no successor has been named. Payne was a direct report to Steven Sinofsky who is head of the Windows and Windows Live Group in Microsoft’s Platform and Services Division.

Filed under Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Live Search, Microsoft, Windows Live

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One Response to “Head of Windows Live Search to leave Microsoft?”

  1. Nadella gets Microsoft ad and search development hot seat -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Earlier this month it was revealed that Blake Irving, Microsoft’s Windows Live Development leader, and Christopher Payne, head of development for Windows Live Search, were leaving the company. Today, Benjamin J. Romano reports at the Seattle Times that Microsoft has tapped Satya Nadella to run a new Internet search and ad organization formed out of the pieces and reporting directly to Platforms and Services Division President Kevin Johnson: Microsoft will try a new combination of leadership and organizational structure to lift its Internet search business out of the cellar. [...]

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