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The Man Behind KINect Quits Microsoft

Kinect - Holiday 2010
Photo by JohnAStele



Summary: Johnny Chung Lee moves to Google and abandons what he made for Microsoft

As Microsoft Nick points out, Brad Brooks is "the third key Microsoftie to reportedly leave the software juggernaut this week" (pointed out in the article "Microsoft's executive exodus continues").



So who else is there?

Mary Jo Microsoft says that Johnny Chung Lee, a superstar known mostly for the KINect, is also quitting Microsoft:

Lee joined Microsoft in June 2008 after graduating with a doctoral degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. His research focused on projection technology, multitouch input, augmented reality, brain-computer interfaces, and haptics. He also is known for his Wii hacking work.


Mary Jo Microsoft tries to do damage control by mentioning some hires that we mentioned recently. The news also got covered in:



Johnny Chung Lee was not management and he has not been in Microsoft for a long time, so it's doubtful that he could change the corporate culture at Google. Here is Johnny blogging about his new job.

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