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Windows Phone Developer Exec Leaving for Amazon

Brandon Watson, who has been heading up Microsoft’s efforts to convince programmers to develop for Windows Phone, is leaving the company for Seattle-area neighbor Amazon.

“The rumors are true,” Watson said in a Twitter post. “The team is in great hands.”

At Amazon, Watson will lead a group working on Kindle applications for various Amazon-made and non-Amazon devices.

Watson’s move was earlier reported by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.

Update: Microsoft confirmed that Watson’s last day is Monday.

“Brandon did a great job helping us build a vibrant developer community and we wish him well with his next adventure,” a representative said in a statement.

Microsoft did not immediately say who would pick up Watson’s duties.


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