Microsoft's Skype corporate VP Mark Gillett departs company

One of Microsoft's major executives has decided to leave the company, a few months after Microsoft announced its big reorganization. Today, AllThingsD.com reports that, in an internal memo sent to employees, Microsoft stated that Mark Gillett, the corporate vice-president for its Skype division, would be departing after several years at Skype, even before Microsoft bought the VoIP company in 2011.

AllThingsD's report states that Gillett already has another job position awaiting him when he leaves Microsoft but it's currently unknown where he will end up. He first joined Skype in 2010 and helped to lead the push to expand the service both before and after Microsoft acquired the company. In 2013, the Lync business messaging division also came under Gillett's responsibilities.

In August, in an interview that celebrated Skype's 10th anniversary, Gillett stated that the Skype division was working to bring 3D video chat to the platform, adding, " ... We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work" but that it could be several years before it goes live to the general public. There's no word yet on who will be taking over for Gillett in the Skype division.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Wikipedia

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Is that the guy responsible for Skype's lack of support for its own company (Microsoft) and privileging rival companies? If so, show him the way to the door.

Considering the pushback Skype has given Microsoft, any departures from the Skype group could be progress. Maybe Microsoft can finally get all the messaging moved over to the server model and better clients for Microsoft's OSes.

There is no reason that after two years they haven't been able to meet the basic client side features of Messenger.

They are also seriously behind the likes of Whatsapp and Viber in syncing messages across multiple devices and their notifications, even on Windows Phone, aren't exactly stellar.

Ok, my mistake. Viber. It's found on both a desktop and mobile devices. But, you really can't defend Skype on its performance when spanning multiple devices. I got a message on Skype on my phone at least five minutes after I received it on the desktop, if not more.

Skype for being a Microsoft owned company has done a **** poor job with windows and windows phone apps, maybe time for a shake up and get them with the ****ing program.

Moving on after 2-3 years is the expected norm in the tech industry. This isn't your granddad's day when you got a job inserting bolt A into panel C and make a 40 year career out of it.