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Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green leaving company after 25 years

ZDNet reports that Larson-Green made the announcement in a Facebook post, saying that she is "leaving Microsoft to pursue new adventures in building great teams and customer-first products."

Larson-Green has filled a number of different roles during her 25 years with Microsoft. She previously worked in user interface design for Microsoft's Office apps before heading to the Windows team under Steven Sinofsky.

Once Sinofsky departed in 2012, Larson-Green led Windows engineering before later being tapped to also lead Microsoft's Devices Group. She later became chief experience officer at Microsoft's services group before adding Office to her purview in 2015.

As ZDNet points out, Larson-Green stepped down from her executive role earlier in 2017 following an injury.

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  • She will definitely be missed. I do hope she makes a full recovery from her injury and goes on to do more awesome things.
  • Can't wait for some people in here blaming Nadella for this 🤔 To be clear : I'm not such a person 😁 good luck on her new challenges!
  • I'm waiting to see how they link her leaving to mobile phones or Groove like everything else on here :)
  • #thanksnadella
  • I really enjoyed her presentation on Windows 8 OS along with Steven Sinofsky, Joe Belfiore (Windows 8 / 8.1 Phone) and Panos Panay presenting the first Surface Pro and Surface RT. Wish you the best Julie Larson-Green !!
  • Sinofsky did as much damage at Microsoft as Ballmer. In fact, he pushed Ballmer around. The Board had enough and eventually booted both of them.
  • Joe is the next to go but Paynos is a lifer at MS!
  • Wow 25 years is a long time! I wish her the best in her adventures to come.
  • Keyword in her statement: "customer-first"
    Something MSFT lacks
  • ^This exactly!
  • Stuck out to me as well.
  • "customer-first products" now there's the clue Sherlocks! Damn Microsoft!
  • Her title for the past 5 years has been "chief experience officer." Meaning that she has been responsible for what customers do with Microsoft products. As such, if you think that Microsoft doesn't care about customers, I would think you should be happy that the person responsible for the customer experience is leaving. But then again, that tired line is just a made up fallacy used by the trolls, so it will not make any difference at all. Also notice that the line has been "consumers" now it is all "customers," which would include the enterprise ones. But looking over your post history, you have been making this same claim for over a year now. One trick pony, where you were lamenting updates to Xbox and Surface.
  • I believe she will always be remembered as the person who successfully converted Bill Gates over to the ribbon interface from the drop-down menus that he had personally invented.
  • The ribbons look so cluttered... 🤔
  • The ribbons were a logical, elegant combination of the text menus and the static "sea" of icons in the various office applications.
  • I think ribbons are great personally. Having one thousand drop menus to get to everything was not a great experience when I retrospectively think about it.
  • But the ones from MS are just so... untidy. Icons and texts are squeezed randomly together.
  • Maybe it's a question of usage, but I happen to always be searching for stuff in the office suite.
  • I first met JLG around a decade ago. Super genuine and actually interested in feedback, internal and external. Whoever ends up getting her talents will benefit greatly.
  • Will thank goodness she left because we know the current MS regime doesn't care about feedback; Satya, Terry, and Joe! Go read about her departure on zdnet, she clearly states she wants to focus on building teams and customer experiences, apparently she doesn't think that's Microsoft's focus.
  • You're interpreting her statement. It could mean that and it could equally not mean that
  • I think it is exactly what it means....why say it?
  • Why deliberately use the phrase customer-first unless trying to highlight something? Totally stands out in her statement. Sounds like she's bored looking at the enterprise side of things. Can't blame her. Must be dry as snuff.
  • 25 years, at one single company?! That's a crazy long time. Pretty stupid both career and salary wise.