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Microsoft Loses Another Windows Veteran

High-level Microsoft departures are becoming a regular event. Last month, Windows senior VP Bill Veghte said he is leaving the company after 20 years. This month, it’s Mike Nash, corporate VP for Windows Platform Strategy, who has tendered his resignation.

Nash spent 19 years at Microsoft (MSFT), where he led development of Windows NT, Windows 2000 and, more infamously, helped manage fallout from the “Vista Capable” fiasco. He was among the more prominent public faces of Windows over the years, so it’s odd to see him stepping down so suddenly.

“We can confirm that Mike Nash is leaving Microsoft in a couple weeks,” Microsoft said in a statement. “In his 19 years, Mike made an impact in number of key roles at the company. We appreciate his service and wish him well.”

It’s not yet clear why Nash is leaving or where he’s headed, though Mary Jo Foley says he may soon surface on the Kindle team at Amazon (AMZN).

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