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Xbox Policy Director, and Windows Phone Developer Lead Leaves Microsoft

Microsoft Loses Windows Phone Developer Lead Brandon Watson; Xbox Policy Director Stephen Toulouse Microsoft recently lost two senior management staff: First, Brandon Watson, head of developer experiences for Windows Phone, the latest exec to leave the Microsoft’s phone unit to work for Amazon and now the company’s Xbox policy director has also resigned after nearly 18 years with the company.

“Brandon Watson, the head of Windows Phone Developer Experience, is leaving Microsoft to work for Amazon to become the Director of the Kindle Cross Platform team. Watson at Amazon will be working on the product development roadmap for Kindle apps across all first/third party platforms worldwide, including a Windows Phone app and a Windows 8 app.”

When asked, Watson confirmed his departure stated, “It was a hard decision, but the opportunity placed in front of me that was too big to pass up.”

A corporate spokesperson passed along this statement:

“We can confirm February 6th is Brandon Watson’s last day at Microsoft. Brandon did a great job helping us build a vibrant developer community and we wish him well with his next adventure.”

Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft’s Xbox Live policy and enforcement director, after nearly 18 years on the job is leaving the company. Toulouse was responsible for being the public face for all things Xbox Live. In other words, he managed complaints and user bans as well as suspensions.

Toulouse described his position as “[making] the Xbox Live experience a consistent, safe, and enjoyable one.” Toulouse plans on leaving the company on the 15th of February to “explore other opportunities.”

In a letter to co-workers, Toulouse stated, “My reasons for leaving are complex and personal, but the parting could not be more amicable. I continue to believe this place makes great technology, and I am absolutely thrilled for the future of Xbox and Xbox Live.”

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