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Exclusive Microsoft's general manager for its troubled identity and access unit has left the company, The Register has learned.

We've been badgering the software vendor since Kim Cameron quit his post at Redmond in May to find out what changes were afoot within the group.

Microsoft has stuck to declining to tell us anything about the future direction of its identity division, but a spokeswoman did helpfully confirm one thing for us today.

"Yes, no comment on Conrad Bayer's departure either."

Bayer is yet to update his career path on LinkedIn, which still says he is Microsoft's general manager for identity and access. That's a job he had held for nearly three years.

But he's out.

One source told us that Bayer's departure from Microsoft wasn't a smooth process.

As we've previously reported, Microsoft's U-Prove - which it sucked up from its acquisition of Credentica in March 2008 - is headless and we understand that the software maker has fallen out of love with the tech.

Redmond has also been looking for fresh blood with "the ability to learn new cryptographic algorithms and protocols".

Other key players on the identity access team at Microsoft including Lee Nackman and Craig Wittenberg have been sidelined.

However, Cameron is back at Microsoft working as an independent consultant on a "per-project basis" at the firm. ®

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