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Amazon Absorbs More Microsoft Managers

Posted in Microsoft at 4:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The apparent entryism at Amazon — a pattern which pays Microsoft for Linux and Android — continues

THE mobile dysphoria of Microsoft has left it facing an exodus of executives and a trail of dead products, several of which being mobile devices. Microsoft lost billions in the area, and this generalises well.

“The move comes as reports suggest the retailer-turned-e-book-maker is building its own mobile to rival Apple’s iPhone.”
      –The Register
Amazon, on the other hand, has seen relative success with Kindle, but more Microsoft executives move into Amazon, the latest being this one: “Robert Williams, a WinPho business development boss, has left Redmond and tweeted he’s now “at work” at the online shopping centre. Williams had been with Microsoft at least until May.

“The move comes as reports suggest the retailer-turned-e-book-maker is building its own mobile to rival Apple’s iPhone.” (but with Microsoft tax)

Following many departures we saw more and more Microsoft people entering Amazon (Kindle, for example, is now managed by former Microsoft staff), which then decided to pay Microsoft for Linux and Android. We called it entyrism. Let us hope that Amazon does not become another alter-ego of Microsoft in the same way Nokia and Yahoo did.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    July 17, 2012 at 2:18 am


    All this does is make the working environment at Amazon toxic. It’s a very foolish move from Amazon and detracts from their ability to be productive. If these managers were in any way productive, they would never have ended up at Microsoft in the first place. Bringing them in directly without a cooling off and acclimatization period at another company, Amazon is taking more than a risk. It is certain that these managers bring with them the toxicity which pervades the culture at Microsoft. This does nothing but harm to Amazon and its future.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    At Microsoft (HR), anti-social tendencies are rewarded. HR professionals at companies like Nokia need to internalise this.

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