Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft manager who led the engineering efforts to build a development platform for Windows Phone and has served as an evangelist to get developers to create apps for it, announced on his personal blog that he is leaving the company after 21 years.
“I’m not yet ready to disclose details about the new venture but I can say I will be staying in the Seattle area to build it. It has to do with sports, advertising, mobile, social-networking, and, of course, the cloud,” he said in his blog.
Kindel has served as a liaison to developers in other roles for Microsoft, including as general manager in the Windows Server Solutions Group, and as co-founder of Premiere Developer Support.
We have an inquiry in to Microsoft about what this means for Windows Phone and how many apps the platform currently supports.
[Update 11:55 a.m.: A Microsoft spokesperson said there are currently more than 23,000 apps for Windows Phone and that Matt Bencke currently heads platform development for Windows Phone, so evangelizing to app developers is ongoing.]