Microsoft Corp. is losing key members of its MSN and Office teams, the company confirmed late Tuesday.
Hadi Partovi, general manager of the MSN portal, and Don Gagne,
director of development for Office, have both resigned from the
company, spokeswomen from Microsoft’s public relations agency Waggener
Edstrom Inc. said. Both are leaving the company on good terms, they
The news of the departures first surfaced Monday. Partovi’s departure
was first reported in the Seattle Times, while a popular Microsoft Web
log, Mini-Microsoft, noted Gagne’s departure.
Partovi, who was instrumental in developing an MSN incubation project
called Start.com, which offers a stripped-down search page rather than
the current content-heavy MSN.com start page, is leaving to pursue
other interests and likely will start his own company, according to
Colleen Lacter, who heads up the MSN team at Waggener Edstrom.
Partovi has left Microsoft once before due to entrepreneurial
interests. He departed the Redmond, Washington, company in 1999 and
founded Tellme Networks Inc., a telecommunications company, before
rejoining Microsoft in 2002.
Gagne, is departing Microsoft in December after 11 years to take a
break from software development and pursue his hobby of racing cars
full time, Lisa Koetz, an Office spokeswoman with Waggener Edstrom,
said in an e-mail. He also will investigate business opportunities in
car racing, she said.
During his time at Microsoft, Gagne helped lead the Office Outlook
development team through its first releases, and helped create the
Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 release.
By Elizabeth Montalbano – IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau)