Brooks joined Microsoft in 2002, to work on the initial business development and marketing of Windows XP Media Center Edition.
I've asked Microsoft about its replacement plans for Brooks. No word back so far. Microsoft officials declined to comment as to what the company plans to do next, in terms of a replacement.
Microsoft is continuing to push Windows 7 as the company works on developing the next version of Windows, known as Windows 8.
Microsoft officials have not been willing to talk about the planned Windows 8 delivery date, but have said the next version of Windows will be out 24 to 36 months after Windows 7 -- which could mean anywhere from this year to 2012, depending on how Microsoft is calculating. (This year, however, the most that us company watchers are expecting is a beta of Windows 8.)