Brier Dudley's Blog
Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.
March 7, 2007 1:01 PM
Posted by Brier Dudley
Christopher Payne, vice president of Microsoft's Live search effort, is resigning to start a company in Seattle.
The resignation hasn't been officially announced, but someone in the Live group at Microsoft confirmed the situation, on condition he was identified only as a knowledgeable source
Payne's resignation follows a similar decision Monday by Blake Irving, the vice president in charge of Live's technology platform.
There's a reorganization under way, and additional changes will probably be announced soon.
But my source insisted that Payne and Irving aren't being pushed out because Microsoft's search effort has done poorly in its competition with Google.
"These guys aren't being purged, these two guys are walking away to go do other stuff,'' he said.
Mary Jo Foley floated the possibility of Payne's departure earlier today.
I'm curious to hear what Payne's company will do in Seattle. Apparently it's not search related.
Update: A few details on Payne, from his official Microsoft bio. He's a database guy who helped ship four versions of Access before he left to spend three years at Amazon.com. He was vice president of electronics at the retailer and built its video, electronics, software and wireless groups before returning to Microsoft in 2001 to work on .NET.
Update 2: I should mention the Brad Goldberg move as well, since it appears to be part of the Live unit shakeup. Bloomberg reported today that Goldberg is moving from Windows product marketing to head marketing in the search group.
Mar 18, 08 - 12:00 AM
SourceLabs launches open-source support suite, new Linux play
Mar 17, 08 - 12:16 PM
Amazon pre-announces Microsoft's Vista SP1 ship date
Mar 17, 08 - 09:32 AM
A vision of the Web services future Microsoft is developing
Mar 14, 08 - 02:15 PM
MySpace goodies coming to WSJ, CTO says
Mar 13, 08 - 04:43 PM
Nanaimo gaga for Google
Furniture & home furnishings
1983 Seaswirl - $2,800 obo, good condition,...
2-day Multi-Family Garage Sale
3-Family Yard Sale Sat Only
POST A FREE LISTING
Share your thoughts!
Gadgets and games | Fun stuff I've written about lately includes Apple's iPhone, Hewlett-Packard's HDX laptop and Microsoft's Halo3. Also on the radar are new digital video boxes such as the Tivo HD and the Vudu.