02.05.10

Gemini version available ♊︎

Microsoft Exodus Continues as Another Vice President Jumps Ship

Posted in GNU/Linux at 8:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Mike Nash is the latest bad man to abandon Microsoft, but he will be moving to Amazon where the management is already filled with other former Microsoft executives

THEY are dropping like flies these days. At this current pace, there may be no-one left to manage Microsoft (with experience), whose profits keep declining [1, 2, 3, 4] and whose employees are mentioning layoffs again.

The latest corporate vice president who flees Microsoft will work on a Linux gadget, the Kindle.

Microsoft confirmed today that Mike Nash is leaving the company. The longtime Microsoft executive worked most recently as corporate vice president in charge of Windows 7 platform strategy.

This was mostly covered by the Microsoft bloggers [1, 2] and the Microsoft press [1, 2] (that which can only glorify or at last defend the criminal, convicted company). We saw Mike Nash in a variety of anti-competitive memos (Comes vs Microsoft), some of which we wrote posts about [1, 2, 3]. Nash was part of the groupthink of criminals and he will soon join many former Microsoft employees and executives who ended up in Amazon. There is a danger of entryism to be aware of and here is another new example of a former vice president from Microsoft entering another company:

Ed Fries, the Seattle video game pioneer who previously served as vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, has joined the board of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Canesta. The 45-year-old executive — who currently leads “World of Warcraft” figurine startup FigurePrints — said in a release that Canesta represents a “very unique opportunity” in 3-D sensing technologies.

It seems inevitable that Microsoft will implode, but the impact on other companies is worth examining.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

10 Comments

  1. Agent_Smith said,

    February 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Gravatar

    Well, when the poop hits the fan, it’s going to be poop everywhere… Hope they can’t spread the M$ habits though…

  2. Dennis Murczak said,

    February 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Gravatar

    Besides the fact that most other companies are plainly more attractive/futureproof as an employer, the poisonous corporate culture at MS seems to be another major factor that drives executives out. A former high-profile MS employee writes about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/opinion/04brass.html

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    A Microsoft SVP decided to leave last month after he had spoken to Ballmer, It doesn’t say what Ballmer did.

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    It probably can’t be printed outside of certain sub-sub-sub-cultures within the grimier parts of the alt.* hierarchy of Usenet.

    Dennis Murczak Reply:

    Oops, I see the article has already been mentionend in the followup post :-) Of course it is heavily biased but gives a bit insight into the structure of the company.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    There were similar articles from recent defectors like Keith Curtis and Don Dodge (and older ones like Niall Kennedy or Robert Scoble).

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    If it’s a matter of toxic people and poisonous corporate culture, then it is better for everyone that they are all in one place rather than spreading out. As we see from what’s happened to Ubuntu’s Lucid Lynx, even a small number of Microsofters can really ruin things for the whole team.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I suppose you’ve heard about a Mac fan becoming the Ubuntu COO (Canonical).

    Dennis Murczak Reply:

    It has repeatedly been the case that a project or company simply died because of exposure to Microsoft culture.

    Having been involved in some relatively big-scale FOSS projects I know that things can, sorry, *will* go downhill rapidly if only one or two key persons in the hard core change their behavior to the worse. Let someone in who conflicts with the basic project principles or generally accepted practice. He will be considered an arse but kept in the team anyway because he gets work done, of which there is a lot.

    Especially on projects with a deadline, he can prevent being kicked out by simply working hard, so he can continue poisoning the spirit of the project. Due to the others being pissed off, progress will increasingly feel like wading through molasses, and then there is that moment that feels like a container ship running onto a sandbank and leaking full of water. Last stop, baby!

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Microsoft has recently caused some unrest in SVG, Perl, Python, OSI, ODF, and even Apache. They promote the perception that those projects also work for Bill.

    A reader from Jordan reminded me some days ago that Microsoft does the same thing to LUGs.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. How Oppressive Governments and Web Monopolists Might Try to Discourage Adoption of Internet Protocols Like Gemini

    Popular movements and even some courageous publications have long been subverted by demonisation tactics, splits along unrelated grounds (such as controversial politics) and — failing that — technical sabotage and censorship; one must familiarise oneself with commonly-recurring themes of social control by altercation



  2. [Meme] Strike Triangulations, Reception Issues

    Financial strangulations for Benoît Battistelli‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations”? The EPO will come to regret 2013…



  3. [Meme] Is Saying “No!” to Unlawful Proposals Considered “Impolite”?

    A ‘toxic mix’ of enablers and cowards (who won’t vote negatively on EPO proposals which they know to be unlawful) can serve to show that the EPO isn’t a “social democracy” as Benoît Battistelli liked to call it; it’s just a dictatorship, currently run by the son of a person who actually fought dictatorship



  4. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, October 20, 2021



  5. [Meme] EPO Legal Sophistry and Double Dipping

    An imaginary EPO intercept of Administrative Council discussions in June 2013...



  6. Links 21/10/2021: PostgreSQL JDBC 42.3.0 and Maui Report

    Links for the day



  7. [Meme] [Teaser] “Judge a Person Both by His Friends and Enemies”

    Fervent supporters of Team Battistelli or Team Campinos (a dark EPO era) are showing their allegiances; WIPO and EPO have abused staff similarly over the past decade or so



  8. 'Cluster-Voting' in the European Patent Office/Organisation (When a Country With 1.9 Million Citizens Has the Same Voting Power as a Country With 83.1 Million Citizens)

    Today we examine who has been running the Finnish patent office and has moreover voted in the EPO during the ballot on unlawful "Strike Regulations"; they voted in favour of manifestly illegal rules and for 8.5 years after that (including last Wednesday) they continued to back a shady regime which undermines the EPO's mission statement



  9. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVIII: Helsinki's Accord

    The Finnish outpost has long been strategic to the EPO because it can help control the vote of four or more nations; evidence suggests this has not changed



  10. [Meme] Living as a Human Resource, Working for Despots

    The EPO has become a truly awful place/employer to work for; salary is 2,000 euros for some (despite workplace stress, sometimes relocation to a foreign country)



  11. Links 20/10/2021: New Redcore Linux and Hospital Adoption of GNU Health

    Links for the day



  12. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, October 19, 2021



  13. Links 19/10/2021: Karanbir Singh Leaves CentOS Board, GPL Violations at Vizio

    Links for the day



  14. [Meme] Giving the Knee

    The 'knee' champion Kratochvìl and 'kneel' champion Erlingsdóttir are simply crushing the law; they’re ignoring the trouble of EPO staff and abuses of the Office, facilitated by the Council itself (i.e. facilitated by themselves)



  15. Josef Kratochvìl Rewarded Again for Covering Up EPO Corruption and the EPO Bribes the Press for Lies Whilst Also Lying About Its Colossal Privacy Violations

    Corrupt officials and officials who actively enable the crimes still control the Office and also the body which was supposed to oversee it; it's pretty evident and clear judging by this week's press statements at the EPO's official Web site



  16. [Meme] Sorry, Wrong Country (Or: Slovenia isn't Great Britain)

    Team UPC is trying to go ahead with a total hoax which a high-level European court would certainly put an end to (if or when a referral is initiated)



  17. How Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden Voted on Patently Unlawful Regulations at the EPO

    We look back and examine what happened 8 years ago when oppressed staff was subjected to unlawful new “regulations” (long enjoyed by António Campinos, the current EPO autocrat)



  18. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVII: The Non-Monolithic Nordic Bloc

    We start our investigation of how countries in northern Europe ended up voting on the unlawful “Strike Regulations” at the EPO and why



  19. Proof That Windows “11” is a Hoax

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  20. Firefox Becomes as Morally Reprehensible as Apple, Facebook, or Uber

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  21. Links 19/10/2021: GNU dbm 1.22 and Godot 3.4 RC 1

    Links for the day



  22. [Meme] [Teaser] GitHub an Expensive and Dangerous Trap (Also: Misogyny Hub)

    The ongoing Microsoft GitHub exposé will give people compelling reasons to avoid GitHub, which is basically just a subsidised (at a loss) trap



  23. Norway Should Have Voted Against Benoît Battistelli's Illegal (Anti-)'Strike Regulations' at the European Patent Office

    Benoît Battistelli‘s EPO faced no real and potent opposition from Norwegian delegates, who chose to abstain from the vote on the notorious and illegal so-called ‘Strike Regulations’ (they’re just an attack on strikes, an assault on basic rights of labourers)



  24. Links 19/10/2021: Sequoia PGP LGPL 2.0+, Open RAN Adoption

    Links for the day



  25. [Meme] [Teaser] Benoît Battistelli, King of Iceland

    Later today we shall see how the current deputy of the head of the EPO‘s overseeing body was in fact likely rewarded for her complicity in Benoît Battistelli‘s abuses against EPO staff, including staff from Iceland



  26. IRC Proceedings: Monday, October 18, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, October 18, 2021



  27. Links 19/10/2021: MyGNUHealth 1.0.5 and Ubuntu 22.04 Now Developed

    Links for the day



  28. [Meme] [Teaser] Thrown Under the Bus

    Tomorrow we shall look at Danish enablers of unlawful EPO regulations, Jesper Kongstad and Anne Rejnhold Jørgensen



  29. The World Needs to Know What Many Austrians Already Know About Rude Liar, the Notorious 'Double-Dipper'

    Today we publish many translations (from German) about the Austrian double-dipper, who already became the subject of unfavourable press coverage in his home country; he’s partly responsible for crushing fundamental rights at the EPO under Benoît Battistelli‘s regime



  30. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XVI: The Demise of the Austrian Double-Dipper

    Friedrich ‘Rude Liar’ Rödler is notorious in the eyes of EPO staff, whom he was slandering and scandalising for ages while he himself was the real scandal


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts