Windows Vista broom sweeps top company execs

The departure of a number of high-level Microsoft Corp. executives who worked on Windows Vista doesn't qualify as "brain drain," but it's probably connected to the operating system's perceived failures, analysts said today. Prompted by the news of the departure of Will Poole, a 12-year Microsoft veteran who until mid-2007 was responsible for the client […]

The departure of a number of high-level Microsoft Corp. executives who worked on Windows Vista doesn't qualify as "brain drain," but it's probably connected to the operating system's perceived failures, analysts said today.

Prompted by the news of the departure of Will Poole, a 12-year Microsoft veteran who until mid-2007 was responsible for the client version of Windows, several analysts weighed in on recent resignations.

"I don't think it's significant that people who have been there for decades decide to leave," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at JupiterResearch. "They're at the point in their lives -- and probably from a financial perspective too -- when they can do what they want. They've been there, done that for king and country."

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Microsoft, Windows Vista, Company Affairs