IT Management: Leaving Microsoft: Software Giant's Key Employee Losses
As with any big company, Microsoft has seen its share of departures. Turnaround is an issue in every business and in every industry. However, if many of those who left Microsoft banded together to form a single entity, it would be enough to scare the living daylights out of many a startup or even some established companies. Microsoft has seen key people abandoning positions across the boardfrom high, C-level executives to middle managers to evangelists and strategic engineers and architects. Throughout 2010, there were several key departures, and the brain drain spilled over into this year, with some big names leaving in January. Perhaps the biggest fish to jump the net was Ray Ozzie, chief software architect of the company. Ozzie primarily made his mark at Microsoft in the cloud computing arena, but in the end he opted to exit. Ozzie leads what has been a virtual all-star team of technical, managerial and business talent to leave Microsoft over the last year or two. From Web development standard bearers to search folks, open source liaisons to database gurus, tools leaders to language geeks and consumer tech specialists, Microsoft has seen talent hit the door. However, Microsoft has a deep bench and, as in sports, when one player goes down, there is always someone else to step in and take that position. How well that replacement plays is another matter. Moreover, as veterans hit the door, significant new hires find their way in. In any event, the list in this slide show is by no means exhaustive; there have been several others to leave Microsoft's ranks. But we thought this was at least representative of the talent to leave the software giant in recent memory.