Two Microsoft employees allegedly fired over recent Windows 8 leaks

By Tom Warren, on 9th May 11 3:01 pm with 44 Comments

Two full time Microsoft employees have allegedly had their employment terminated due to Windows 8 leaks.

Microsoft’s next-generation of Windows, named 8 internally, is currently in development and has seen a large amount of leaks recently. Several builds have been made available on file sharing websites thanks to leaks from inside Microsoft. Canouna, a well known leak tracker, is now claiming that two Microsoft employees have been fired due to the recent leaks:

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WinRumors is unable to immediately verify the claims and Microsoft does not comment on employee terminations. One of the two employees is reportedly part of Microsoft’s Redmond based team, the other based in Russia.

Microsoft is currently compiling different versions of Windows 8 that require a “red pill” licensing check to enable certain features. WinRumors understands that most of the publicly leaked builds are from branches of Microsoft’s build process that do not contain a specific DLL required for loading a number of new Windows 8 features. It is understood that certain branches of Windows 8 contain extra components that activate with a specific Windows key. The components likely unlock the full Tablet immersive UI of Windows 8, one that the company is working hard to keep under wraps.

Regardless of the checks, if the reports of employee termination are genuine then it’s further proof that Microsoft has something special that it wants to share with the world later this year. Microsoft is expected to reveal Windows 8 at its Windows Developer Conference (a rumored name) in September.

  • Trump

    they got what they deserved

  • GP007

    I think this si good and if you’ve noticed we haven’t had any new Win8 info in some time compared to before (now it seems to have switched over to WP7.5 info leaking).

    I like it better when things are like Win7 and kept underwraps till they’re ready and working and looking how they should. I’m tired of reading people posting how crappy something new in Win8 looks because of the leaks. They can’t seem to understand that those are old builds and that UI gets worked on last in the process.

  • Canouna

    I like the “well know leaker” please stop to spread BS about me thanks!
    The leaker of these 3 builds is one of your friends.
    PS: You don’t understand when I ask to stop to use my name for your article?

    • http://openid.tomservo.eu/ Tom Servo

      You post publicly on the Internet, you risk getting quoted.

    • http://openid.tomservo.eu/ Tom Servo

      You post publicly on the Internet, you risk getting quoted.

    • Anonymous

      Tony, stop spreading fallacies about who leaked this build. You’ve done enough damage to the community, now it’s time for you to stop your shit.

    • Canouna

      You are just some ridiculous guys, have fun with ur adsense account, and chris123nt, i want to say LOL to you, ur a joke on legs dude… and u know why ;)
      PS: i mail u my paypal address for share some penny, lmao

    • Microsoft

      The UK Team.

    • Me

      lol wind0ze

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      I’m trying to sympathise with you, however I can not understand what the hell you are trying to say! I hope your native language isn’t english. If it isn’t, then I guess I shouldn’t talk any crap

  • Hannibal

    Exactly. They got what they deserved. I hope they are tried too. If you cannot follow the rules of a place, you don’t deserve to be at that place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sky.lion1 Sky Lion

    brave but stupid to release leak without removing hash.

    • Mark

      No, just stupid.

    • Canouna

      Agreed, just stupid.

    • Mark

      No, just stupid.

  • Canouna

    PS: My name linked with a fresh BS news on any article make you won some £ on your adsence account, funny…

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      It’s not “fresh BS”. You’ve removed your original comment in the thread :)

    • Canouna

      Only in your mind, please stop to try to point the arrow on me, and use the name of your friend leaker of your “UK team” for your article and forgot me and forgot Canouna, im as far NOT A LEAKER, i respect MSFT like I have allways said!

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      So why did you remove your original comment?

    • Canouna

      Why your team leaked these 3 builds?

    • Anonymous

      This “team” you speak of didn’t leak these builds. If you want to know who did, go into your bathroom and look into that reflection device also known as a mirror and stop spreading false information around about who did what. WinOCM did not do this, neither did I, neither did Tom or anyone else that you claim to have done so.

      My advice to you is that if all you’re going to do is spread shit, then leave the community. We don’t want you or the constant stream of bullshit that you spout. If what you claim about 2 employees being fired is true, then maybe you should come to the realization that it is in some small way your fault, the builds leaked because of you.

    • Canouna

      Oh Chris, who speaked about WinOCM? only Rafael Rivera on MDL ;) so please shh…

      And take a tour here http://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=18850

      Don’t wast your time with your blabla, you are just a… “hater”?

      Go sleep Chris, you are out this time.

    • Anonymous

      You made statements several times blaming different people so you can cut that bullshit out right now. It’s kind of funny how the builds that leaked plus the LH/7 builds that leaked are all builds THAT YOU HAD YOU FUCKING MORON!

      And as for me being out? Keep dreaming pal. You’re trying to piss with people who have been involved with this community for 10+ years and have a lot more knowledge of how things work than you ever will. You are the one who needs to “Go sleep”, and while you’re at it, don’t wake up so we can all be without you and your senseless bullshit. Oh and let’s see how much longer your source keeps his job ;).

    • Canouna

      Calm down dude lol, no panic, your LH/7 build are in safe location, im not the leaker of this shit too, beleive me or not, it’s not my problem!

    • Anonymous

      didn’t you say you were leaving the internet? lol

    • Nighthawk

      “Leaving the Internet” is just farce talk for “need to leak more builds before Mom gets home”.

    • Canouna

      I laugh a lot with u so it’s hard to leave internet, lolA tip, next time do not drop your pants for 3 bad WIM.
      Peace Chris. :shisha:

    • Unknown Guy

      and i laugh a lot at you mr. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Dropping my pants? I don’t drop my pants for anyone, unless it’s a hot chick with big tits.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      It’s not “fresh BS”. You’ve removed your original comment in the thread :)

  • Anonymous

    I like all the news these leaks produce as I enjoy to see what is on the horizon for technology. But, I understand Microsoft has to take a hard position on leaked information.

  • John M Cary

    They should have been terminated while its cool to read this stuff at the expense of them breaking do not disclose agreements. They knew what they were doing was wrong.

  • Joe05

    Good riddance, when you leak intelectual property that you’re not authorized to show yo deserve to lose your job, in fact if I were Microsoft I would take it further and press charges in criminal and civil court if possible.

  • ?!?!?!

    Now leave all that bullfuck

  • Anonymous

    I like the justly deserved paranoia that is following…some folks a little concerned about having a finger pointed at them now they see MSFT getting serious about tracking and punishing leakers.

  • Canouna

    Finally, I hate these guys who leaked these builds, now it’s the end of “real” informations from Zuko.
    Now only poor rumors at learn.
    I don’t know who is the leaker, just it’s a UK guys, after I don’t want to point the arrow on someone, damage is caused, and no luck to back in the past.

    • http://twitter.com/Mitchell90 Greig Mitchell

      The way I see it, there really is only one person here that’s responsible.

    • Canouna

      No comment, check BA thread ;)

  • Anonymous

    I think he carried away on his ranting of late but I’ll give Paul Thurott credit for seeing this coming. He said there would soon be some Microsoft employees getting in trouble over the leaks.

  • EPPM

    Well what the f*** did you expected ??

    That fancy text on the watermark and on winver is not only for scaring people, you know ?

    And canouna has NOTHING to do with this, he said several times that he was not a leaker, he provided us with screenshots, but that is all no ISO’s, WIM’s or whatever.

  • Jeremy Alexander

    What do you mean serious about tracking people why do you think everything is departmentalized the way it is? The entire project won’t even be compiled together untill september.

  • Davy413

    I agree there should be some be some sort of consequenses regardless of who was leaking the builds. But I love to see what’s coming before the general public does…also did these ppl profit from leaking this code??

  • TheEvent2011

     This is getting serious…

    Please guys… Tell the leakers to stop leaking… Let´s just wait for the beta. In the beta version all the features will be enabled by default, it´s done! Nothing more to hide!

    No more tracking hashes. It will be public and 100% OFFICIAL. Directly from MS website to the whole world!

    Microsoft is making a really good effort to keep this away from the public.

    It´s not a matter of IF… but WHEN!
    Believe me guys…  we will be soon getting a REAL and OFFICIAL and LEGAL copy of Windows vNext Beta 1!

    That´s all i´m asking… Please stop leaking information!

  • TheEvent2011

     This is getting serious…

    Please guys… Tell the leakers to stop leaking… Let´s just wait for the beta. In the beta version all the features will be enabled by default, it´s done! Nothing more to hide!

    No more tracking hashes. It will be public and 100% OFFICIAL. Directly from MS website to the whole world!

    Microsoft is making a really good effort to keep this away from the public.

    It´s not a matter of IF… but WHEN!
    Believe me guys…  we will be soon getting a REAL and OFFICIAL and LEGAL copy of Windows vNext Beta 1!

    That´s all i´m asking… Please stop leaking information!