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May 7, 2009

Microsoft layoffs hit .NET Micro Framework and MSN Direct

Posted by David Hunter at 1:22 PM ET.

Among the fallout from the latest round of Microsoft layoffs is the demise of the .NET Micro Framework, Microsoft’s embedded tooling for very low powered devices. Mary Jo Foley reports:

Microsoft is turning the source code for its embedded .Net Micro Framework over to the community and slowly withdrawing from that business, company officials are confirming.

On the rumored list of teams most heavily impacted by second wave of Microsoft layoffs announced on May 5 was the .Net Micro Framework team — as well as the related MSN Direct unit. Indeed, both groups were affected, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed on May 6.

MSN Direct was originally a oddball FM broadcast service for devices like the infamous SPOT watches, but it had moved into other areas in recent years.



Filed under .NET Micro Framework, General Business, Layoffs, MSN, MSN Direct, Microsoft, SPOT, Technologies

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