Veghte Leaves Microsoft

By  |  Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Microsoft has announced that Bill Veghte, a 19-year veteran of the company, will be leaving to pursue his own interests. The move is not all that surprising considering no announcement had been made of his role in the Windows division of the company following Steven Sinofsky’s promotion to president.

It is rumored that Veghte wasn’t too happy with being passed over by Sinofsky, who had previously served as vice president of the engineering group within Windows. He served as senior vice president of the global Windows business, and had been instrumental in orchestrating Microsoft’s Windows 7 launch. It would almost seem as if he would have been the logical choice to ascend to the top spot in Microsoft’s Windows division, but that was not meant to be.

Mary Jo Foley reports that Veghte told her in a phone interview that he did attempt to find a new role within the company, but in the end decided leaving was the best option.



2 Comments For This Post

  1. Tom B Says:

    Hard to imagine anybody wanting to lead the Windows division; the product is laughable compared to he competition (OS X; LINUX), and MSFT management has clearly decided to use market power and advertising to try to maintain market share instead of actually making the OS modern.

  2. Paul Says:

    well said Tom B – add Solaris into that mix too – and then ask yourself why should this person get to lead the group – after having a dominating monopoly and more than $1Billion profit per month for many many years – the fact their products are so inferior in comparison to so many others is not a good resume for getting the top position. Msft should be studied for years by business schools to unlock the mysteries and personalities which caused their downfall.