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Windows Exec Nash Stepping Down

Another high-level Microsoft executive on the Windows team is preparing to leave the company.

Mike Nash, corporate vice president for Microsoft's Windows platform strategy, will leave Microsoft in a few weeks. The departure plans were confirmed by veteran Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley.

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

Nash currently oversees the Windows business strategy, as well as "ecosystem engagement, consumer security, Internet Explorer, and emerging markets," according to his Microsoft bio. He was the first product manager on the Windows NT team and helped launch Windows 2000.

Nash's departure follows that of Bill Veghte, Microsoft's former vice president for Windows Business. Veghte was a 20-year veteran of Microsoft who stepped down last month. Veghte exited Microsoft following the rise of Steven Sinofsky to president of the Windows Division.

Tami Reller, corporate vice president and CFO of Windows Live and Windows, has taken over much of the marketing functions for the Windows product line, according to various Microsoft announcements.

Nash will depart Microsoft to join Amazon.com, according to Foley's account. He will work on that company's Kindle e-book reading device.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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