An ex-Microsoft worker who was forced to resign after he tweeted early about Nokia’s Lumia 800 Windows Phone has started work at Google.
Joe Marini’s departure hit the headlines in September after a series of tweets about Nokia’s Windows Phone device. Marini originally tweeted: “I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking
#Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too! #wp7.” The tweet received a considerable amount of attention and Marini rated the device on a scale of 1-10. “Overall I would say an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction.” He then went on to explain that “the camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting. I’d like a larger screen too.”
Microsoft was reportedly preparing to fire Marini for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information. Marini reportedly resigned before Microsoft was able to take action. Microsoft has a strict social media policy (PDF) that covers the use of networks like Twitter and blogging. The company allegedly fired two workers who were involved in Windows 8 leaks earlier this year. Marini had worked at Microsoft since 2003 and was heavily involved in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 work on Windows Phone. Marini demonstrated a variety of the Windows Phone Mango browser features early on in the development stages on a non-production, engineering ASUS E600 device.
Marini confirmed his job at Google in a Twitter message on Monday. “I’m excited to be starting my new role at Google, driving the Web forward, and to continuing to work with the amazing people I’ve met,” he said. LiveSide reports that his new job is listed as “Google Dev Advocate. Mobile Apps & Web, Product Management and Strategy, API platforms, Developer Relations, Community Engagement.” Marini is expected to be working between Google’s San Francisco and Seattle offices as part of his new role. So what actually happened? Marini says “that’s a blog entry for another time.”