Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign

Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign

Summary: Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources close to the company.

TOPICS: Microsoft

Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources close to the company.

Irving, a 15-year Microsoft veteran, is in charge of the back-end Live platform -- the datacenter, technical operations, advertising intelligence, security, identity, VOIP, mobile and application services being built across Windows Live, Office Live, Xbox Live and other Microsoft applications.

No word on where Irving is going or who his replacement will be. But sources said Irving will likely remain at Microsoft for several months before hanging up his Live hat.

When asked for comment on Irving's plans, Microsoft officials declined to comment.

Microsoft has been struggling to create a cohesive Live story for more than a year. The company is building up a family of Live services designed to complement existing Microsoft software products, as well as accompanying Live development platforms. The Live branding strategy has been in disarray.

In March 2006, Microsoft shook up its MSN/Windows Live group and created three distinct units:

* Windows and Windows Live Group engineering group headed by Steven Sinofsky. This is the team in charge of delivering "Windows Live experiences."

* Online Business Group, formerly headed by David Cole and now Steve Berkowitz. The team in charge of advertising sales, business development and marketing for the Live platform.

* Windows Live Platform Group, headed by Irving. The team designed to unite the platforms and services behind Microsoft's various MSN and Live properties.

Irving joined Microsoft in October 1992 and "has served in a variety of development and general management positions" at Microsoft, according to his bio on the Microsoft Web site. "Irving and his teams have been responsible for Microsoft’s first Internet video conferencing and collaboration products, Internet phone, Internet mail client and instant messaging and blogging service. Irving has held development and marketing management roles on the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser software and Windows operating system teams," his bio adds.

Topic: Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • The Live eXPerience will continue...

    Windows Live is a raging success story here at my firm. I have signed up for several Live services that deliver as promised. We have a mashup of Live applications that have increased productivity to levels never seen in a corporate environment. When our CFO questions the value of these services, I immediately go into "Powerpoint mode" and start throwing around terms like "better together", "People Ready Business synergies" and "Live Services for the Agile Knowledge worker". I emailed Irving today and said my farewells. My personal opinion was he could not handle the pressure of the huge success Live has become.
    Mike Cox
    • Suffering from too much success

      Now that's 'wow'.
    • 9.0 !

      Very subtile and ironic Mikey. As always you impress me.
      Reverend MacFellow
  • I doubt there will be tears shed in Redmond

    I don't get the impression that Blake Irving is one of the irreplaceable people.
    • no one is irreplaceable

      but I don't think that's what you meant.
      Sounds like you know him, or know of him, and have a low opinion. Or you want to spin the news positively.
      Which one?
      • I don't know him. I do know of him

        I don't have a low opinion but I don't believe he is a major contributor. He's a sales/marketing guy, not a technology guy.
  • A hackers dream?

    My problem is with MS's track record on security....

    Would you want all your eggs in one basket for hackers to violate?

    PASS!!! ;-)
  • Church of the Painful OS! Welcome, welcome!

    (organ plays softly)
    Welcome, welcome, ahhh welcome, my bruddas and sistas...
    We will get right into our message today: "Live or Dive".
    Our text today, the book of Pascal 9:19, and ahhh it reads thusly:
    "... and they were decieved by he who hacks, he who lacks, he who cracks! They sought "live', yet they recieved pain and shame. Woe to them who desend into the valley of Redmond!" Pc 9:19-20
    I uh, welll, adjour you brudda, I beg you sistah! Go not into that Valley!
    They say Live, but you get Dive!
    They say fast, you get crash!
    They say web 2.oh, you get slow-o-mo!
    They say good- ahhh, you get-tah bad!
    Happy - sad!
    Glad turns to Bad
    Rights becomes wrong!
    Goooooo not, ahhh, goooo not ahhhh into the valley, the alley, the dilly dalley!
    (organ plays softly)
    (choir starts to hum)
    Won't you come!
    (line forms)
    Won't you come!
    (No_ax stomps out of sanctuary in a huff)
    Reverend MacFellow
  • Why Live Search Is Failing

    Here's an interesting data point.

    Run a search on Live for "+microsoft +resigned"

    193,000 hits

    Run the same search on Google "+microsoft +resigned"

    1,070,000 hits

    I think they need more hamsters on the Redmond treadmills.