Windows veteran Mike Nash to leave Microsoft

Windows veteran Mike Nash to leave Microsoft

Summary: A couple of weeks after Windows Senior Vice President Bill Veghte decided to leave Microsoft, another Windows marketing veteran is doing the same. Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Platform Strategy, will be leaving the company in February.


A couple of weeks after Windows Senior Vice President Bill Veghte decided to leave Microsoft, another Windows marketing veteran is doing the same.

Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Platform Strategy, will be leaving the company in February. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed his departure when I asked. From the e-mailed statement:

"We can confirm that Mike Nash is leaving Microsoft in a couple weeks. In his 19 years, Mike made an impact in number of key roles at the company. We appreciate his service and wish him well."

Update: Nash will be joining to work on the Kindle, I hear. I've asked to see whether Nash will be replaced. No word back yet on that one.... Microsoft officials declined to comment (at least for now) on when and if that will happen.

In his most recent job, Nash was responsible for pieces of Windows business strategy, ecosystem engagement, consumer security, Internet Explorer, and emerging markets, according to his bio on Microsoft's Web site. He rejoined the Windows team, after a six-month sabbatical, in 2007.

Nash also was the first product manager on the original Windows NT marketing team; the Corporate Vice President of the Security Technology Unit; and a driver of a number of Microsoft acquisitions in the security space.

With Nash's departure, all of the top Windows marketing leaders who were part of the Windows Business Group created under Veghte three years ago -- Mike Sievert, Will Poole, Joe Peterson and Nash -- are now gone from the company. With Windows 8 starting to ramp up and Windows President Steven Sinofsky continuing to surround himself with an inner circle of leaders of his own choosing (many of whom were part of the Office division), the changing of the guards isn't too surprising,...

Topics: Software, CXO, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows


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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  • When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Yes? Yes!

  • Let the old guard go

    Not only did Microsoft drop the ball with Windows Mobile, Internet search, IE security and the entire Vista debacle, Microsoft's advertising has also been horrible (Seinfeld, the weird butterfly, "our passion your dollars", the lame "I'm a PC" response to Apple, etc.) so please let the shakeout of the old guard continue all the way up the top to Ballmer. Microsoft needs new, young blood to open it up, make it less "corporate", to strip out the layers and layers of bureaucracy and PROCESS, to respond faster to outside changes, and to realize it's no longer 1995. What happened to all the unfettered developer's blogs a few years ago? Where are the real human faces of the developers inside Microsoft? What do they really think and hope for? Even though Kylie was great (a rare piece of good advertising), showing more of Microsoft's real people would be better than another corporate image propaganda campaign...
    • Where are all the MS bloggers?<whoever><whoever><whoever>

      For example:
      Scott Guthrie:
      Mark Russinovich:

      Some MS bloggers prefer to use their own sites (e.g. Scott Hanselman:

      And if you want to watch videos of 'softies discussing their work, then and should be in your favorites.

      On your earlier points, yes, MS have made a few mis-steps in the last few years, not least of which include a number of errors caused largely by old-guard who are no longer with the company (thank god Allchin is no more).

      Win7 is just the start of a whole new era of Microsoft delivering better and better quality products than at any time in its past.
  • Why is this news?

    Why does it always make the news every time some mid-level manager at MS gets hired or terminated?
    Michael Kelly
    • hmm..

      I'm guessing because this blog is titled "All About Microsoft" that this piece might fit the theme of this blog. I could be wrong. ;-)
    • why is this news?

      Hi. My site covers Microsoft products, strategies and people. Nash was a public face for Windows for years. He is more than some mid-level manager; he ran key components of the Windows marketing business. And as Windows Vista/WIndows 7 show, marketing is pretty key to the success of an operating system.... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: Windows veteran Mike Nash to leave Microsoft

    He was "Mr. Blue Shirt" of the Microsoft security doing web casts for years.

    Yes, folks it's news as it means another one of that era has left.

    It's also showcasing that Amazon is hiring off Microsoft one person at a time.
  • What's going on at M$

    It seems that executives have been leaving Microsoft in single file, since last fall. Especially veterans that have been there for years. Seems a little odd to me.
    • Not if the ship is sinking.

      When the Titanic hit ice many people didn't even realize the ship was sinking. There was damage to the infrastructure that while insignificant in short term, in the long run it meant the ship was doomed.

      Microsoft is like the Titanic. A company without options. If they stop offering backwards compatibility, they loose. If they make something completely new, they have to compete with everyone else. If they sandbox IE and other applications, they cripple the operating system. If they change their marketing strategies and licensing they'll alienate their stock holders. If they do nothing they alienate their partners. It may well be that history will see this as the beginning of the end.
    • In-Fighting

      Here's a good article from a former MS executive describing how internal wars harm MS:
  • And another one bites the dust!

    Hopefully now Windows will be shown for what it is, an OBSOLETE, BLOATED, DUMB PIECE OF SOFTWARE. Why would anyone PAY for crap when they can get gold for free? Hell, in Linux (Fedora is my fav), I can even hot swap my PS/2 keyboard and mouse! I've actually booted up and *THEN* connected them! Not all of them can do this, but this machine sure as hell wouldn't have done it in XP! Did anyone hear that windows 7 is KILLING, yes, KILLING notebook batteries???
    • Hmmm

      So Linux is free 100%, yet MS and Macs are doing better in terms of market shares.

      Wouldn't this suggest that Linux is doing something wrong and not MS or Apple?

      I use Linux here and there, but as I have said many times, until SUSE, Red Hat/Fedora, Linspire, Ubuntu, and whoever else is out there comes together and make one really good version of Linux with cool application and Games For Linux, Linux will always be left in the dust.

      Linux is powerful and can do everything Windows and Leopard does, but the applications just are not there.

      Yes there a few excellent open source programs, but most I used were not really that good. So I guess you get what you pay for.