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Old 05-21-2010, 06:30 PM
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Default Has J Allard Left Microsoft?

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='' target='_blank'></a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Over the past month or so, I've been asking around about Allard's whereabouts. One of my sources who has been a pretty reliable tipster in the past told me that Allard is on sabbatical and is unlikely to return to Microsoft. His name is still in the Global Address Book inside Microsoft, I hear, and his bio page is still unaltered on the Microsoft Corporate Web site, where he still is listed as Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Entertainment and Devices Division."</em></p><p><img src="" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>The rumour mill is saying that J Allard has left Microsoft - and possibly over the fate of the now-dead Courier project. If it's true that he left Microsoft, it bodes ill for the company. Products are rarely truly <em>created </em>by one person, but teams and divisions of people can certainly be <em>inspired </em>by one person. Microsoft isn't typically known for having very creative, boundary-pushing people working for them, but J Allard was both of those. If he's really gone, I truly wonder what the devices and entertainment division - which includes Windows Phone, Xbox, and Zune - is going to do.</p><p><em>[Silly side note: my one and only J Allard moment was when I walked past him going into a bathroom at the Microsoft campus, inside the old Zune team building...and he happened to have a broken arm in a cast at the time. Memories, meeeemories...</em>]</p>
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:01 PM
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It's sad that Allard is leavng and Ballmer is staying.

I'm sure that Allard won't be short of offers.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:06 AM
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Was he dancing with Ballmer when he broke his arm?
Seriously speaking: any idea which company he is going to join?
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:38 PM
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Better and better.......
Robbie Bach is retiring too in the Fall......
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