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Another Microsoft exec has had enough and is leaving: Sam Jadallah, who had the silly title of vp, organisation customer unit (but is also described as vp of enterprise sales) is off to an Internet start up in the Seattle area after 12 years in Redmond. Jadallah had a low-profile internationally but was one of the few Microsoft execs who had any political nous, so he frequently found himself acting as a Microsoft rep to things like Senate hearings on the disabled. He is not somebody that Microsoft should be losing. He worked closely with President Steve Ballmer, and was much involved in channel efforts like the elite solution provider MCSP and Direct Access programmes, as well as the MCP programme (which Microsoft likes to call "the industry's leading credential"). His decision to leave appears to have been made fairly quickly: he was scheduled to be the smiler-in for the Fusion meeting in San Francisco in a couple of weeks when MCSPs turn up to be stroked by Microsoft. His recent letter to the MCSPs told of the wondrous things that were happening: "We are moving into the digital age," he wrote with great profundity. Yuk. Nobody seems to have suggested that one of the best remedies that the Washington court could impose to deal with at least some of Microsoft's behaviour would be to bar many of the company's execs from office. Those who are jumping ship, going walkabout, or have just had enough of the Redmond rat race should be encouraged. ®

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