Microsoft's veteran server and tools chief punches eject
Office man steps in
The veteran running the business side of Microsoft's Windows server and tools software is leaving after 16 years.
Robert Wah(na)be out of
Corporate vice president Robert Wahbe is leaving Microsoft at the end of next month, according to an updated version of his corporate biography here.
Wahbe is responsible for all product and business management for Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and Forefront – meaning he's in charge of pricing, packaging, branding and advertising. Microsoft's $15bn Server and Tools group is also home to Microsoft's cloud effort, Windows Azure.
There was no word on why Wahbe is leaving or where he's going, while it's reported here he is being replaced by Office product management group corporate vice president Takeshi Numoto.
Wahbe joined Microsoft in 1996 and currently reports to S&T division chief Satya Nadella who was appointed group president in February 2011.
Nadella himself replaced another veteran: Bob Muglia, who had been with Redmond for 23 years and had fallen out with Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer over Windows Azure. Ballmer had wanted more of a sales push made on Windows Azure following a massive re-organisation of the S&T division in 2010 aimed at making money from Microsoft's cloud.
Despite bringing product people to Azure from other parts of S&T, Microsoft's cloud seems to have gone rather quiet lately. Also, Microsoft has recruited Scott Guthrie, the man who delivered its Silverlight player, to nail down the developer tools side of building for Azure.
Wahbe's exit comes as Nadella plans to announce its vision for System Center 2012 – with the announcement expected next week. Nadella is expected to push System Center 2012 as a component for running private clouds. ®
It's simply not the place to be any more. All of the innovation and cool stuff is happening at Google, Apple and other places.
News through deduction
While we can't easily tell the reasoning behind it there are some signals to look out for which could give us clues as to what is really going on.
For example; if there are any damaged walls in the directors offices then its safe to assume that there maybe a little friction with the company here and there when it comes to this.
Another thing to look out for are flying chairs; if chairs have been spotted to be thrown out of the windows of the Redmond building then there's a good chance that Google is involved.
Then again, perhaps its better to simply wait for an official statement instead.
You almost make it sound like...
... there was a time when it _was_ the place to be for innovation and cool stuff.