Windows Phone's app general manager departs

Microsoft's Windows Phone business is going to have to look for a new app developer evangelist. Today, the division's general manager, Charlie Kindel, announced on his personal web site that he has decided to leave Microsoft. He first joined the company in July 1990 and will officially leave on September 2. Kindel posted up his farewell email that was sent to thousands of his teammates and friends at Microsoft on his web site.

His email states, "21 years later I have finally decided I need to do something different: I'm leaving to start a new company here in the Seattle area. I'm sure you'll hear about it." On his main post he added, "I'm not yet ready to disclose details about the new venture but I can say I will be staying in the Seattle area to build it. It has to do with sports, advertising, mobile, social-networking, and, of course, the cloud. I'm insanely excited to get started."

Kindel was moved into the Windows Phone division in 2010 to help attract third party app developers to create programs that would run on the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The first smartphones with the new OS launched last fall but so far the response from both phone developers and the general public to Windows Phone 7 has been slow. Kindel is now leaving the company just before Microsoft plans to launch a major update to Windows Phone 7, "Mango", along with new smartphones from several makers including the long awaited first Windows Phone products from Nokia.

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Well they have a solid platform and stategy, a bit of new blood could add to the product.

It is good to hear when people have exciting new work that feeds their soul and they go for it.

Good, now someone really enthusiastic about Windows Phone, like Joe Belfiore, has a shot at taking the helm. I'd love to see him in charge. He seems like the perfect man for the job, IMO.

Mountain Dew said,
To clarify this for everyone, as it seems people are missing something key based on how the article is worded.

Charlie heads up the developer experience side of Windows Phone.

He's not the head man in charge of it all. That is Joe Belfiore.

No, Joe Belfiore is the VP of Windows Phone development. Hr really deserves a higher positionin my opinion, though.

Mountain Dew said,
To clarify this for everyone, as it seems people are missing something key based on how the article is worded.

Charlie heads up the developer experience side of Windows Phone.

He's not the head man in charge of it all. That is Joe Belfiore.

The head man would be Andy Lees wouldn't it?

PlogCF said,

No, Joe Belfiore is the VP of Windows Phone development. Hr really deserves a higher positionin my opinion, though.

No, Joe Belfiore is a CVP (Corporate Vice President) and Director of Windows Phone Program Management.

Andy Lees is the President of the Windows Phone Division.

So yes, Andy Lees is the 'big boss', but Joe is the guy running the show so to speak.

Think of it in terms of the network president of ABC, and the networks Programming Director. While the President is handling the business interests the Programming Director is actually the one in charge of what is really going on in the day-to-day goings on.

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