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March 2, 2007

Windows Live’s Blake Irving to resign?

Posted by David Hunter at 7:00 PM ET.

Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft Windows Live exec Blake Irving has resigned:

Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft’s Windows Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources close to the company.

Irving, a 15-year Microsoft veteran, is in charge of the back-end Live platform — the datacenter, technical operations, advertising intelligence, security, identity, VOIP, mobile and application services being built across Windows Live, Office Live, Xbox Live and other Microsoft applications.

No word on where Irving is going or who his replacement will be. But sources said Irving will likely remain at Microsoft for several months before hanging up his Live hat.

No comment from Microsoft at this point.

Irving took over the Windows Live Platform Group less than a year ago. Aside from the oddly overlapping responsibilities of the VPs in Microsoft’s Platform and Services Division and Kevin Johnson’s newly acquired ability to organize things to his own satisfaction now that co-president Jim Allchin has retired, another reason for a change might be rancor over Windows Live’s inability to gain any traction.

Update 3/4: Rumor confirmed. Irving is leaving in “late summer.”

Filed under Blake Irving, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, Windows Live

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2 Responses to “Windows Live’s Blake Irving to resign?”

  1. Berkowitz shakes up his piece of Microsoft’s Platform and Services too -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] This seems to be the week for executive changes in Microsoft’s Platform and Services Division, specifically the online part. First Blake Irving announced plans to leave, then Chris Payne is rumored to be leaving and now Dina Bass at Bloomberg News is reporting that Online Business Group Head Steve Berkowitz is rearranging things as well: Microsoft Corp. named Brad Goldberg, an executive in its Windows business, to oversee marketing for its Internet search engine as the company tries to catch up with Google Inc. [...]

  2. 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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