Microsoft Loses Last of Xbox Founders Otto Berkes

One of the original Xbox Founders Otto Berkes has quit his job at Microsoft, reports Brier Dudley at the Seattle Times. Berkes’ departure is being cast as a big loss to the company as it plays catch-up in the consumer market. After Xbox, Berkes went on to lead development of the ultra mobile PCs, including the now-canceled Courier project. Berkes is joining an undisclosed company outside of the Seattle area.


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