In the months following Microsoft internally announced a shake-up on the Server and Tools side of the house in May, there has been a lot of title turmoil and job jockeying, along with a number of high-level departures from the company.
On September 22, another Softie was added to the resignation list: Just-appointed Commerce Corporate Vice President Rajat Taneja is leaving Microsoft to become Chief Technology Officer at Electronic Arts (which I learned via GeekWire.)
Taneja was appointed this past summer to head up a team that is supporting a common set of commerce services across the company's various cloud platforms. Part of the evolving Online Service Delivery Platform, the coming cloud-commerce infrastructure will be common to Office 365, Xbox Live, Ad Center and the Windows Azure platforms. He was reporting directly to Satya Nadella, the President of Microsoft's Server and Tools business -- whose new job was announced in February this year.
Before taking on his short-lived Commerce VP post, Taneja was corporate vice president in Microsoft's online services division (OSD), responsible for the engineering program management of Microsoft's digital advertising products.
Taneja joins a parade of recent senior and mid-level departures from Microsoft. (Even though I continue to get lots of tips on the many good Microsoft folks leaving, as of late, I've tried to mostly limit my Microsoft departure posts to Corporate Vice Presidents and above, which has still resulted in an awful lot of departure postings on this blog.)
The teams providing the underpinnings for Microsoft's cloud platform have experienced more than their fair share of resignations as of late, including Directory and IP chief Lee Nackman, digital identity expert Kim Cameron, Azure chief Amitabh Srivastava, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, Online Services Vice President Ron Markezich (who moved to Microsoft's enterprise partner organization) and Online Services chief Dave Thompson (who internally announced his intentions to leave last year).
I've asked Microsoft who will be taking Taneja's place and when his last day at Microsoft was/will be. No word back so far. Update: Microsoft officials say they are actively seeking to fill the role that was occupied by Taneja.