Windows Live Search sheds execs

To lose one Windows Live Search exec may be regarded as a misfortune, but losing two looks like something worse...Poor Microsoft (words I never thought I'd type) - the struggle to catch up with Google and Yahoo in the search stakes really does seem doomed to failure.

To lose one Windows Live Search exec may be regarded as a misfortune, but losing two looks like something worse...

Poor Microsoft (words I never thought I'd type) - the struggle to catch up with Google and Yahoo in the search stakes really does seem doomed to failure. Last month Chris Payne - the VP in charge of the catch-up - ran away almost immediately after Windows Live VP Blake Irving announced his impending retirement, and now it's the turn of general manager Dane Glasgow.

Apparently he wants to "spend more time with his family before taking on a new entrepreneurial challenge". This can't bode very well for Microsoft's search effort, despite a spokesperson's claim that plans are nonetheless "marching forward".