Windows Phone manager resigns after leaking Nokia information

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but if you talk about unreleased products, especially on Twitter, you are putting your own job in jeopardy. This couldn’t be more true for a Windows Phone principal program manager who tweeted about a Nokia Windows Phone who now finds himself no longer working at Microsoft.

Microsoft confirmed this morning that Joe Marini is no longer employed at Microsoft. Microsoft did not specify exactly why he was let go as it is against policy to disclose such information. It is being reported by GeekWire.com that Marini resigned after understanding that he would be fired for improper use of social media and the release of confidential information.

The unfortunate incident for Marini shows Microsoft’s commitment to improved internal security related to unreleased information. At the BUILD conference this year, one journalist was escorted out after agreeing to an embargo and then posted up videos before the agreed upon deadline. It was also rumored that several months ago that individuals related to the leaks of Windows 8 had also been terminated as well.

In the fiercely competitive mobile space, keeping your strategy and devices under cover is essential to ensuring your products are unique when they hit retail shelves. When it comes to leaks, while the community enjoys the early look at unannounced devices, the individual leaking the information is putting their job at risk.

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"several months ago... individuals related to the leaks of Windows 8 had also been terminated as well."

You might want to rephrase that. Hardcore Microsoft may be, but I have this feeling they didn't terminate individuals for leaking some info.

Fired for leaking info about a so-so phone running an unpopular mobile OS ? Microsoft needs all the attentions it deserves to promote their platform, not firing their employees left and right. Microsoft's days really are numbered.

Had an email from high up staff member at Nokia recently...We will get to hear about Nokia WP7.5 plans "in a few short weeks"...

WP7 said,
Had an email from high up staff member at Nokia recently...We will get to hear about Nokia WP7.5 plans "in a few short weeks"...

What an interesting username to go with such information...

he made 2 tweets about the device:

the above tweet, and also: “I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too! #wp7”

nothing too specific. the thing is, if he leaked something like this then the potential is there to leak something bigger at a time when it needs to be kept under raps.

still I feel he was just real excited about the device and wanted to drum up support for windows phone seeing that we haven't had any real good looking device yet. just letting people know that there's at least 1 good looking nokia device in the pipeline. I believe he meant well, but rules are rules....and if they're allowed to be broken then whats the point of having them in the first place?

Thurrot's complained about that before, how he's waiting for a deadline to talk about new features, then someone else breaks the NDA early and makes everyone who followed look late.

FMH said,
Sad, but he deserved it.
they probably wouldn't have fired him if he gave it a 10/10. its kinda bad to knock your company's #1 partner with bad reviews

its guys like this that kill the buzz around products.. especially when apple is sooo much better at keeping things under radar before a release.. they gotta weed out the leaks, and really get the people that leak their dissapointments about a future product

Lachlan said,
its guys like this that kill the buzz around products.. especially when apple is sooo much better at keeping things under radar before a release.. they gotta weed out the leaks, and really get the people that leak their dissapointments about a future product

Apple definitely haven't lost iPhones at a bar before - no...

Jan said,

Apple definitely haven't lost iPhones at a bar before - no...


That was an accident and in the case of this, it's negligence. There's a difference.

Trueblue711 said,

That was an accident and in the case of this, it's negligence. There's a difference.

Losing something on his watch is negligence...

Lachlan said,
its guys like this that kill the buzz around products.. especially when apple is sooo much better at keeping things under radar before a release.. they gotta weed out the leaks, and really get the people that leak their dissapointments about a future product

Yeah leaker photos of cases that will fit a new phone, devices left in bars. Yeah...really secretive.

M_Lyons10 said,
Makes sense. Microsoft and Nokia should have control over what they announce and when...
Elop is next, for revealing the super confidential device. He told us everything we needed to know about it, with a hands-on demo.

FMH said,
Elop is next, for revealing the super confidential device. He told us everything we needed to know about it, with a hands-on demo.

Elop is not stupid, this is part of Nokia's plans for making buzz around their phones.

Aethec said,

Elop is not stupid, this is part of Nokia's plans for making buzz around their phones.
Sorry but I was joking...
I consider him to be genius, for the work he did at Microsoft.

Nobody fires a CEO for this, he's the one who makes the plan.

(He is one of most tactful tech leader, currently. In my opinion, ofcourse!)