Martin Taylor, best known for his role in leading Microsoft\u2019s anti-Linux "Get the Facts" campaign, has abruptly left the company, Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday."We\u2019ve made the difficult decision to part ways with Martin, but we don\u2019t comment on personnel matters," the company said through its public relations firm, Waggener Edstrom. "We appreciate Martin\u2019s contributions at Microsoft over the past 13 years." Taylor, who most recently was a corporate vice president for Microsoft\u2019s Windows Live services, was quoted in a Microsoft press release announcing the introduction of Windows Live Messenger on Monday. On Tuesday, published reports announced that he had left the company.Prior to working in Windows Live services, Taylor for several years was general manager of platform strategy, a job in which he was the spokesman for "Get the Facts," Microsoft\u2019s anti-Linux initiative. According to the company, it was a campaign that educated users about the true cost of implementing Linux versus Windows. However, many viewed it as a blatant attack on Linux at a time when the open-source OS was eating away at Windows Server\u2019s share of the Intel-based server market.Before that, he worked closely with Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer as a director of business strategy.Taylor could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.-Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau)This article is posted on our Microsoft Informer page.\u00a0For more news on the Redmond, Wash.-based powerhouse, keep checking in.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.