Microsoft’s Cloud business chief Dave Thompson is leaving the company

By Tom Warren, on 27th Jan 11 9:54 am with 3 Comments

Dave Thompson speaking at PDC 2008

Dave Thompson, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud-based business services, is leaving the company after 21 years.

Microsoft confirmed the departure, planned for after Office 365 launches, in a statement on Wednesday:

“Last year, Dave shared his plans with his team to retire after Office 365 launches later this year. Dave has had an illustrious career at Microsoft spanning more than two decades. During that time, he’s been responsible for delivering transformative products like Windows NT, Exchange, and BPOS, and we thank him for the significant contributions he’s made to Microsoft and the industry. We’re pleased he will continue to lead the Office 365 team through launch, and until his retirement later this year, Dave will be focused on delivering Office 365, taking care of existing customers, and supporting a smooth transition. After that, he is looking forward to spending time with his family and volunteering with his favorite charities.”

Thompson joined Microsoft in 1990 and was originally responsible for the networking components of Windows NT. Seattle PI notes that Thompson also took over the Windows Server line as a vice president in 2000, and in 2004 moved to the Exchange team. Most recently at Microsoft, Thompson is leading the launch of Office 365 which will allow businesses to deploy the latest Office software from Microsoft whether it’s on the desktop, online or via the cloud. Thompson’s departure comes shortly after a run of high level executive departures at the company.

Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, announced earlier this month that he will leave the firm in the Summer. Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie stepped down from his role as chief software architect in October and is currently planning to retire from Microsoft after a transition period. Microsoft Windows marketing chief Brad Brooks also announced he is stepping down to join Juniper Networks. Microsoft has also lost a key Kinect developer to Google.

  • Grannyville7989

    Chalk up another one.

  • GP007

    MS’s problem is that they have too many VP’s of this and that and so on. I’m not saying that the people who have left and are on the way out haven’t helped things over the years but in the end they really need to cut out lots of the middle management for the better.

    This way the coders down in the trenches can talk directly to the head guys and get ideas and projects done.

  • Chinonso

    Ms is not at a loss. In this day an age were we have talent overflowing, your easily replaceable.