Feeds

Ashley Highfield quits Microsoft, becomes Scotsman boss

Former iPlayer overlord gets £500k hello

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Ashley Highfield is leaving Microsoft following a management restructure at the company.

A replacement for Highfield has already been found. Microsoft has hired Andy Hart, who previously worked at Associated Northcliffe Digital.

He will head up the software vendor's advertising and online division in the UK.

A recent reorg at Microsoft meant Highfield's remit to oversee Microsoft's consumer and online wing – with responsibilty for Windows, Windows Mobile, advertising and the web – had effectively been downgraded.

The erstwhile digital media BBC exec is heading to newspaper publisher Johnston Press as the company's new CEO. That tenure begins in November, and – to ease him in – Highfield has been handed a hefty £500,000 share package.

Notable titles published by Johnston include The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post newspapers.

Highfield joined Microsoft in November 2008, after quitting his director of future media and technology role at the Beeb where he oversaw the development of the iPlayer, which took several years to complete and ran millions of pounds over budget. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.