Ouch: Goodbye Microsoft; Hello, Google

Summary:Google continues to poach from Microsoft -- that's not really news. But it's relatively rare to see Microsoft employees using their Microsoft-sponsored TechNet blog space to diss Microsoft on the way out the door.

Google continues to poach from Microsoft -- that's not really news. But it's relatively rare to see Microsoft employees using their Microsoft-sponsored TechNet blog space to diss Microsoft on the way out the door.

David Bennett, a member of the Windows parental controls team, decided to do just that, however. In a post dated April 9, Bennett expressed his anger over recent Microsoft reorgs affecting his team: Bennett blogged:

"I just accepted a position to work at Google up in Kirkland, so still in Seattle. I will be starting there on the 30th of April, so not long now. My first week will be down in Mountain View doing a orientation thingy. So those people down in San Francisco, be nice to meet up again.

"I think this will be a good change and a fun job, I was a little peeved without how Microsoft dealt with the team I was on, I did the parental controls feature of vista which has got some of the best airplay/talk about of any of the features associated with vista. In response Microsoft reorged us first into a group that hated us and then into a group that had nothing to do with Parental Controls and broke the whole team up. I liked working with the old group of people and I liked the feature, I don't like where I am now or the product I am working on.

"Hopefully I will end up working on the Google TV product, which would be fun."

Don't let the door hit you on your way out....

Topics: Microsoft

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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