A Windows Phone manager who tweeted about an unreleased Nokia Windows Phone device has left Microsoft.
Joe Marini hit the headlines earlier this month 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.”
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to GeekWire’s Todd Bishop that Marini no longer works for the company. Company insiders revealed to GeekWire that Marini resigned after learning that he would be fired for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information. 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 also held a talk at Microsoft’s BUILD conference last week on building optimised websites and using the web browser control with IE9. Marini had also been involved in PDC 2010 and MIX 2011 talks. In his role as Principal Program Manager on the Windows Phone team, he lead the Web developer efforts for IE Mobile. He has been active in the web and graphics industry for more than 15 years and was also an original member of the Dreamweaver engineering team at Macromedia.