04.05.10

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Microsoft General Manager Quits After Two Decades, More Product Delays

Posted in Microsoft at 3:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Larry Engel says goodbye to Microsoft and SQL Server suffers from false promises

MICROSOFT is still going through a rough period of technology disruption and declining financial results [1, 2, 3, 4]. It is therefore not surprising that many managers call it a day and the latest example is Larry Engel, who is quitting Microsoft.

Larry Engel, a 20-year veteran of Microsoft, announced Friday that he’s leaving the company to become chief product officer at Seattle startup Cozi. Engel most recently served as general manager of Microsoft Pinpoint, and before that held the GM title for the Microsoft Store and Marketplaces group.

These were not successful. In fact, Microsoft fails to catch up even with Apple when it comes to “Store” growth (electronic and physical). In other news — this time involving more delays — SQL Server software is being pushed back. At least it is not one of Microsoft’s many permanently dead products.

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6 Comments

  1. David Gerard said,

    April 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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    Hey, I like the new name!

    (Still keeps redirecting me to the old one …)

    David Gerard Reply:

    Ah, I see – the WordPress installation is still set to use boycottnovell.com as the canonical name for the blog. Not to worry :-)

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, we haven’t flipped the switch yet.

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    Engel is not leaving anywhere, he has ended up at a Seattle sockpuppet startup.

    When the cybersecurity initiative packs the lot of them off to Camp X-Ray that will be ‘leaving’ instead of just metasticizing.

    http://www.iom.edu/Object.File/Master/4/117/0.pdf

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, many of them make offshoots.

  2. stonebit said,

    April 6, 2010 at 12:27 am

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    “In other news — this time involving more delays — SQL Server software is being pushed back. At least it is not one of Microsoft’s many permanently dead products.”

    I’d prefer to see it die so that people will move to more sane options. The company i currently work for (UPS) was recently forced to update it’s enterprise license for SQL, which is used on certainly no less than 1000 servers in the US alone. I got wind of the price… $5000 per machine (from what i understand, that’s a hefty discount too [>50% off retail]). That seems like a waste of money to me when MySQL would work great (likely better [we sometimes crash]) and it’s free. Alas, we are a M$ shop and will be into the foreseeable distant future.

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