Microsoft’s VP of developer tools Somasegar leaving for new opportunities

It looks like another Microsoft exec is heading out to pursue new options. ZDNet reports that S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft Developer Division Corporate Vice President, is leaving the company. Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Executive VP Scott Guthrie broke the news.

Guthrie announced Somasegar’s impending departure internally on October 8. Somasegar has decided to leave the company and pursue the next phase of his career, according to Guthrie’s note. Somasegar headed up the developer tools and services team, and he also led the Cloud and Enterprise Global Development Centers based in Israel, India, and China.

Somasegar’s 27-year career at Microsoft saw him achieve a number of accomplishments. He was a leader in pushing Microsoft to embrace open-source, and he was a factor in Windows development going all the way back to 1989. As he states on his biography over at Reddit:

I joined Microsoft in 1989 and contributed to 8 releases of Windows before joining the Developer Division. Today I’m a corporate vice president at Microsoft and live in Seattle with my wife and two daughters. I have a master’s degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India.

People leave companies all the time, of course, and Somasegar’s departure doesn’t imply anything amiss at Microsoft. I’m sure the company will adjust, as always, and of course we wish Somasegar all the best.

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