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Microsoft announces Marc Whitten’s departure

Tuesday, 18th March 2014 00:03 GMT By Mike Irving

Microsoft has confirmed that Marc Whitten, the Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving the company.

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“Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet,” he said. “It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”

Whitten joined the Xbox team in 2000, and played an integral role in all three generations of Xbox consoles, including helping to build the Xbox Live community. He will now step into the role of Chief Product Officer at the wireless audio device company, Sonos.

Whitten’s team will, for now, report to Terry Myerson who is EVP of Microsoft’s operating systems group, until a replacement is found.

Thanks, CVG.

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6 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Is anyone left in Microsoft after these departures?

    #1 5 months ago
  2. antraxsuicide

    MS is switching their focus to people who have more experience in these areas. Satya’s clearly a cloud guy, and that’s what they need. So they picked him. Marc’s a good guy for product development, but let’s be honest: this generation of consoles will last for another decade, and I’m fairly certain that we’ll be looking at modular consoles in 2024 at least. MS just doesn’t need their hardware team in the same way as the last decade.

    @Erth
    Plenty of people are left. People who more adequately represent the new Microsoft. You don’t change the paradigms of your company and keep the employees who believe in those paradigms. It’s not possible. Plenty of companies have made the mistake of trying to adapt to new market shifts with people who’ve been around for far too long.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Major Mayhem 70

    @2
    Preach my friend, preach.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. AppleRedX

    Like we preached for Sony’s CEO Jack Tretton a few days ago? Preach again my friend.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. mistermogul

    @antraxsuicide “Plenty of companies have made the mistake of trying to adapt to new market shifts with people who’ve been around for far too long.”

    Yeah Microsoft is one of them!

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Legendaryboss

    What? Xbox is DOOMED!

    #6 5 months ago

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