Microsoft received a jolt when its Windows Phone 7 head of Developer Experience Brandon Watson resigned. It’s a great set-back to Microsoft after the departure of Windows corporate vice president Mike Nash in February 2010. Brandon Watson will now work on Amazon’s Kindle cross platform team as a director.
Watson confirmed his leaving Windows Phone in a Twitter post on 3rd February saying, “The rumors are true. The team is in great hands. I’ll miss working on #wpdev. I will the community, but won’t be a stranger.”
For Microsoft, this is obviously not a good news as it has recently released a renewed version of Windows Phone, centered on the Mango software update and new devices from Nokia and other manufacturers. So far, Windows Phone has struggled for a respectable position in the broader smartphone marketplace, trailing Google, Apple, and RIM.
How this movement will affect the future of Windows Phone remains to be seen.