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March 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Longtime Microsoft exec Antoine Leblond leaving

The exodus and reshuffling of former Windows executives continues with the departure of longtime Microsoft exec Antoine Leblond.

Leblond, a 25-year Microsoft employee who had recently served as corporate vice president for Windows program management and who is best known for his leadership roles in Windows and Office, is leaving the company after his last day on Monday.

Antoine Leblond (Photo from Microsoft)

Antoine Leblond (Photo from Microsoft)

In an email to colleagues, Leblond wrote:

This coming Monday will be my 9000th day at Microsoft. It will also be my last one. After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer.

Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, and I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things. I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.

Thanks to each and every one of you for being a part of this amazing experience. I wish you all the best.

Leblond’s departure follows those of Jon DeVaan, a former corporate vice president for Windows development, and George Grant, who was in charge of software testing for Office and Windows. Their departures — and several reshufflings — came after a company-wide reorganization that began last July.

As part of that reorganization, Windows, which had formerly been its own division, became part of what is now called the Operating Systems division, headed by former Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson. The Operating Systems division includes Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox platforms.

Among former Windows leaders who have moved on to new roles were Jensen Harris, previously director of program management for Windows User Experience, who moved over to the Bing team as its director of program management.

Dean Hachamovitch, who had headed Internet Explorer, said last November that he was changing roles at Microsoft to “start a new team to take on something new.”

Also part of the reorganization was the move of Julie Larson-Green, a longtime Windows exec who briefly co-led the Windows division following the departure of former Windows President Steven Sinofsky in late 2012. After the re-org, Larson-Green became head of the company’s new hardware division. Then last month, the company announced that Larson-Green would be moving over to the Applications and Services group to work on unifying the user experience across products such as Office, Bing and Skype.

Meanwhile, Tami Reller, who had co-led Windows with Larson-Green following Sinofsky’s departure, became head of all Microsoft marketing following the company reorganization. But this month, new CEO Satya Nadella announced that Reller would be leaving the company — part of several reshuffling moves among the company’s top ranks since Nadella took over.

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