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Microsoft Ousts Windows Phone Lead Following Nokia Leaks



Microsoft’s Joe Marini, a platform lead for Windows Phone 7, has been ousted according to numerous Internet reports following his Twitter comments on Nokia’s forthcoming Windows Phone 7 device. Though Marini didn’t give specifics about the Nokia hardware, he did made comments about his impression about the device and even gave it a rating based on its hardware.

Officially, the Redmond, Washington based Windows Phone 7 OS-maker has stated that Marini has left the company due to dilvulging confidential information. However, it appears that Geekwire sources revealed more specific information surrounding his departure, noting that Marini voluntarily left the company after he was forced out over his revelation of the Nokia hardware, which to date has not yet been formally announced.

Nokia and Microsoft had announced its partnership earlier this year in February where the world’s largest phone-maker would switch from Symbian to a Windows Phone 7 environment.

In his Twitter messages, Marini had stated that the Nokia phone is the ‘slickest looking’ with a ‘solid feel, good camera, responsive UI.’ When asked to rate the phone, Marini knocked off a few points for a small-ish screen–the device is believed to have a 3.9- or 4-inch display–and says, “Overall I would say an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction.”

Marini’s last public appearance on behalf of Microsoft was as recent as last week in Anaheim, California talking to developers at the Build conference. In light of Apple’s more secretive nature surrounding product releases, Microsoft has taken a similar hard-lined approach in recent years surrounding unannounced products.



  1. Anonymous

    09/21/2011 at 11:48 am

    Seems like it would of made more sense to say “Hey. Don’t do crap like that anymore.” than cut your product lead.  I assume he was the lead because he was good at what he did.  Maybe they were just looking for an excuse or they are using him as example of nobody is above getting fired over leaks.

    • Anonymous

      09/21/2011 at 1:22 pm

      That was a rash decision on their part. That was hardly confidential information. A slap on the wrist and the general embarrassment of a company wide email saying don’t do this ->(showing his tweet) would be fine. I’m sure Nokia freaked out, but they should be crapping themselves with glee over an 8 from someone who has seen everything the cellphone world has to offer.

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