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Resigning Microsoft Developer Cites 'Paralysis' In Windows Live Effort

One key developer on the Windows Live initiative got fed up with the job, which just happens to be a major component of Microsoft's product strategy. That IT guy tells all on his blog and in an interview.
Kennedy didn't expect Microsoft to turn its attention back to his project until after it shipped its biggest expected revenue generators: Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007, which are all in beta. He wasn't willing to wait that long, or deal with the uncertainty.

"In general, the Live initiative is being re-examined and fine-tuned," Kennedy said.

As a blogger, Kennedy felt it was important to let his readers know that he was leaving Microsoft to pursue some startup ideas. He declined to discuss the technology he'll be working on, but said it was unrelated to his work at Microsoft.

"I'm always open on what I'm currently working on," Kennedy said of his writing. He also said he gave his bosses at Microsoft a heads up before posting the blog announcing his resignation. Kennedy's last day at Microsoft is Aug. 18.

"I let them know I planned to post, and gave them a copy of it before I went public on my site," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said he had no problems working for a large corporation, as long as they agreed on the direction to take a project. In the case of Microsoft, he agreed to work for the software giant, because "their vision had matched mine."

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