Fired Windows Phone evangelist sails into Google territory

Remember this from September? For Joe Marini and his followers, there is at least good news out of this incident - Marini still has a job, and it's still in the hotly contested mobile space. Of course, his job is now at one of his old employer's most despised rivals: Google.

In September, Marini, a former Windows Phone principal program manager, enthusiastically tweeted details about the then-unreleased upcoming Nokia Windows Phone, which is now revealed as the Lumia 800. Of course, by doing so he forgot that that no one was supposed to know details about the phone yet, even if it's as minor as the quality of the phone's camera:

Following this not-so-enlightening tweet, Marini handed in his resignation to Microsoft after understanding that he would be fired for such a mistake. Today's tweet (via Liveside) is a little more enthusiastic:

"I'm excited to be starting my new role at Google, driving the Web forward, and to continuing to work with the amazing people I've met!"

According to his Twitter profile, Marini's position at Google is a "Google Dev Advocate" for "Mobile Apps & Web, Product Management and Strategy, API platforms, Developer Relations, [and] Community Engagement."

The outspoken Marini also plans to set up a blog describing the events of the previous months that led to his employment at Google. One can only hope it's not laden with anything Microsoft can use to hit him back with.

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Great! I'm looking forwarded to hearing the confidential details about unreleased Android phones!

Maybe he can tell us what's going on with the Galaxy Nexus delay on Verizon.

A really good question is why company employees think it's a good idea to blab about unreleased products, especially since companies that are the size of Microsoft certainly give their employees strict instructions NOT to discuss their work on social networks.

I'm glad he found a job, but come on people, NDAs exist for a reason.

I agree but it's not like he posted pictures of the phone, wrote a complete detailed review or sold a prototype to some media.

I mean he just said the camera was good but a larger screen would be welcome. Nothing to write home about.

It's easy for an enthusiast to let something like that leak.

LaP said,
I mean he just said the camera was good but a larger screen would be welcome. Nothing to write home about.
He made a critical comment about an unreleased product under a NDA. It's pretty stupid to criticise the screen being too small - a comment like that can have a negative impact upon share prices, particularly for a company like Nokia desperately trying to relaunch itself.

Sure it might seem minor to us but companies like Microsoft have very strict social media policies for good reason.

I thought there was some kind of document you sign, that you can't fly solo or work for the competition for like a year or so.

VinnyJ5 said,
I thought there was some kind of document you sign, that you can't fly solo or work for the competition for like a year or so.

If his responsibilities are different, then the non-disclosure agreement doesn't matter. Legally those contracts are usually good for a year anyway. You are not signing your life way after-all.

WhatWarning said,

If his responsibilities are different, then the non-disclosure agreement doesn't matter. Legally those contracts are usually good for a year anyway. You are not signing your life way after-all.

Apple would disagree...

VinnyJ5 said,
I thought there was some kind of document you sign, that you can't fly solo or work for the competition for like a year or so.

Depending on the jurisdiction, non-compete agreements may not be enforceable. I know that these are not valid in California (home of Google).

Simon- said,
Microsoft has egg on its face for this one. Worked out well for Marini! Got a better job out of it!

To be fair, someone must not of thought he was doing a good job at Microsoft - otherwise they would have strived to keep him. This really just looks like an excuse to get rid of him from Microsoft's end.

Simon- said,
Microsoft has egg on its face for this one. Worked out well for Marini! Got a better job out of it!

+1... completely agree! I bet you Microsoft is furious now.