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Windows Phone Developer Resigns After 21 Years

August 9, 2011

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Developer General Manager Charlie Kindel has resigned after working for the company 21 years.

Kindel wrote in a blog post that he is moving on to form his own company.

“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 wrote.

Kindle has been at Microsoft since 1990 and has worked on projects like Internet Explorer 3, Windows Millennium, and Windows NT 4.

“Back in 1990 I assumed I’d work here for 3 or so years….I never had the need to look outside Microsoft because I kept finding one challenging opportunity after another,” Kindel said. “Microsoft enabled me to see the world and I’m grateful for that.”

His Windows Phone position helped make the biggest difference at the company.

He left just before Microsoft is expected to release Magno (Windows Phone 7.5), and the first Windows-powered Nokia phones not even in stores yet.

He wrote, “To the Windows Phone team: I may stop using some Microsoft products now that I’m out of here. But not Windows Phone. The BEST product Microsoft has ever built. Do not let up!”

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