Windows Phone's former leader may have gotten a demotion

Earlier this week, word got out that Andy Lees, the head of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, was leaving that part of the company. In a memo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that Lees would now be focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8." While that might sound like a promotion, The Verge reports via unnamed sources that the move to have Lees leave Windows Phone's leadership was in fact a demotion at Microsoft.

What happened? Basically, the report claims that Lees promised a lot on the Windows Phone side publicly, specifically how the mobile operating system would become a viable competitor to Apple's iOS and Google's Android platform. The final results, however, have yet to show that Windows Phone, at least for now, has gained any market share on iOS and Android.

Lees also apparently came into conflicts with other smartphone makers, according to the report. The unnamed sources claim that he had issues with working with Motorola and LG.

The report does say that Lee's replacement as leader of the Windows Phone division, Terry Myerson, is "well liked" within the company and may be the person to help lead Windows Phone as it gets ready to release the minor Tango update, the major Apollo update and adding support for LTE networks to Windows Phone devices.

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What's really sad is I saw a commercial that showed off Windows Phone but the commercial ends off by saying it all starts with a Windows PC.

Seriously? Microsoft you don't need to market Windows PCs. Get your heads in the game and market this unknown product.

well said J2006, I've used all three platforms and without a doubt the windows phone OS has by far the smoothest and cleanest UI I've seen. It's always the trolls that have no clue what a decent UI is. The only thing windows phone needs is a massive advertising campaign and not that it's needed but more recent hardware to catch some much needed attention. I stepped into a T-mobile store yesterday and the rep was seriously trying to convince me that windows phones were laggy and full of problems until I pulled out my HD7 (which T-mobile sells) and showed the rep along with a couple of people near by how full of $h#% that rep was! It amazes me how naive people can be when they listen to some of these reps. Do some research people and make a decision based on what you know not what someone else thinks is best for you. The windows phone platform IS NOT as bad as it's being made out to be.

jun19inf said,
well said J2006, I've used all three platforms and without a doubt the windows phone OS has by far the smoothest and cleanest UI I've seen. It's always the trolls that have no clue what a decent UI is. .
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I do not understand why anybody who does not like WP7 has to be a troll......... This reminds me of the USSR in the '50s: if you do not agree, you are a traitor.

The guy does not like the UI? It is his opinion and he is entitled to it as well as you are entitled to have your, opposite, one.

Btw I bought my first Wp7 device, a HD7, the day it became available in the US and I have just bought a Lumia 800.........................

It's hard to turn things around. Windows Mobile was, for the most common intents and purposes, a big pile of ****. Microsoft's biggest mistake in getting Windows Phone off to a rapid start was naming it Windows Anything. I can understand wanting to redeem their brand, but it's going to take a lot of time and effort spent just convincing people to give Windows Phone a second chance when instead it really ought to be making first impressions.

JianBing5 said,
If he's the one who greenlit that horrendous UI, then he should be fired rather than simply demoted.

go back to your cave troll.... instead of trying to troll on a beautiful and clean UI... go back to your clunky grid of bulky icons and interface elements.

j2006 said,

go back to your cave troll.... instead of trying to troll on a beautiful and clean UI... go back to your clunky grid of bulky icons and interface elements.


Grid of bulky icons? They are smaller than the WP7 ones :lol:. If any mobile OS has bulky icons, it's WP7. Also, you don't have to have a "grid" if you don't want to. Ever hear of folders?

You say "beautiful", I say plain and boring and looks like it was made in MS paint. Obviously most people agree with me as it's sitting at a whopping 1.5% marketshare!!!!

JianBing5 said,
If he's the one who greenlit that horrendous UI, then he should be fired rather than simply demoted.

Lol! Windows Phone's Metro UI is by far the most GORGEOUS, beautiful and elegant UI EVER. Android Mobile and iMobile's stinky static grid of icons are incredibly pathetic and fugly.

england_fanboy said,

Lol! Windows Phone's Metro UI is by far the most GORGEOUS, beautiful and elegant UI EVER. Android Mobile and iMobile's stinky static grid of icons are incredibly pathetic and fugly.

Get your eyes checked. It could be slapped together in MS Paint in 5 minutes. In fact, it probably was.

JianBing5 said,
If he's the one who greenlit that horrendous UI, then he should be fired rather than simply demoted.
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It's just a bit contemporary for some tastes. Those people are welcome to stay in 2009 and enjoy iOS and Android.

Skwerl said,
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It's just a bit contemporary for some tastes. Those people are welcome to stay in 2009 and enjoy iOS and Android.


Contemporary? It looks like Windows 3.1!!!

"Our source tells us that the gap between his characterization of how quickly Windows Phone would gain market momentum - publicly, anyway - and the platform's actual performance had been causing a rift"

He needed to look out the window and do something but didn't. I have seen at least twenty commercials about Android phones, but nothing about Windows Phones. Carrier store reps push Android phones to every customer working in.

day2die said,
"Our source tells us that the gap between his characterization of how quickly Windows Phone would gain market momentum - publicly, anyway - and the platform's actual performance had been causing a rift"

He needed to look out the window and do something but didn't. I have seen at least twenty commercials about Android phones, but nothing about Windows Phones. Carrier store reps push Android phones to every customer working in.

Verizon doesn't even want anything to do with Windows Phones. Let's face it, Microsoft is getting no love from the carriers.

BigBoy said,
All I can say is - if amazing lack of WP marketing is his doing, then he deserved the demotion.

Yea seriously. I've seen the new iPhone commercial that features gaming on a lot of my shows. WP7 is nowhere to be found.

Strange. I see WP7 commercials all the time not to mention all the tv shows that exclusively use Microsoft gear (Hawaii Five-O is a good example)

ahhell said,
Strange. I see WP7 commercials all the time not to mention all the tv shows that exclusively use Microsoft gear (Hawaii Five-O is a good example)

But they're generally really bad commercials

ahhell said,
Strange. I see WP7 commercials all the time not to mention all the tv shows that exclusively use Microsoft gear (Hawaii Five-O is a good example)

I haven't seen many Windows Phone commercials in the UK, and I don't see any Microsoft products featured in the programmes I regularly watch. I've seen a lot of Apple products featured in movies though, specifically iMacs and Macbooks.