Microsoft is just not doing all that well, and honestly, I am surprised by how poorly they are doing. I learned this morning that Chris Payne, corporate vice president of Windows Live search, is leaving Microsoft to start up his own business. Chris Payne, his bio is still live, is the top guy at search man Microsoft.
As corporate vice president of Windows Live™ Search at Microsoft Corp., Christopher Payne focuses on delivering the best search experience for customers and helping them find the information that is important to them. Payne also oversees Windows Live Shopping, which enables customers to better discover, compare and decide what they would like to buy online. His previous role was vice president of MSN.com, where his team consisted of MSN® Search, the MSN.com home page, MSN Autos, MSN Entertainment, MSNBC, Slate and the MSN Channels properties.
Payne was with Microsoft since 2001, prior to that he was at Amazon but before Amazon - he also worked for Microsoft.
This is another big hit to Microsoft. Right now, we have no word on who will replace him and no details on what his other business might be.
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