Trading places: Microsoft for Jupiter

Trading places: Microsoft for Jupiter

Summary: Michael Gartenberg, after less than a month on the Microsoft payroll, has decided to quit Microsoft and go back to being an analyst at Jupiter Research.

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Michael Gartenberg, after less than a month on the Microsoft payroll, has decided to quit Microsoft and go back to being an analyst at Jupiter Research.

In mid-February, in a much-publicized move, Gartenberg accepted a job as an "enthusiast evangelist" with Microsoft. On March 7, he blogged that he had changed his mind and planned to rejoin Jupiter on March 12.

Gartenberg's explanation: "At my core, I am an analyst. It’s what I do and I do it well and after much thought, I realize I’m just not ready to stop doing that job just yet."

Guess it's time to ask again: Who's going to be Microsoft's next top evangelist? 

 

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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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  • Or maybe...

    ... he came across something that made him think [i]"...after much thought, I realize I?m just not ready to start peddling bulls**t by the cartload"[/i]

    I have a friend who worked at Microsoft for just under a year back when WinFS and a few other bits'n'bobs were still happening and "Longhorn" had not suddenly become "No horns". It was his dream job, but he left and now works at another household name software company.

    He was in constant disagreement the whole time he was at Microsoft. He specialised in security and he just could not make them see the bleeding obvious, so after arguing until he was blue in the face he left for somewhere that would appreciate his skills and talents and he's still there.

    He had run into the Microsoft mindset. I'm sure it's still there, but he's not.
    bportlock
  • Good for him. As Mobutu Ubuntu on his Blog...

    ...I did everything I could to get him to do just that. I hope I played some small role in his decision. It's what we're all here for!
    rayted32
  • At Least His Hindsight

    Is much better than his foresight.
    Ole Man