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Microsoft Cloud Expert To Retire

A top Microsoft executive responsible for realising the company's cloud ambitions is set to leave by the end of this year.

Dave Thompson, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Online, will be retiring from the business in order to spend time with his family and work with charity organisations, the company said in a statement.

Thompson, who is a Microsoft veteran of twenty one years, was responsible for overseeing the development and deployment of Office 365, the company's cloud-based productivity suite. Thompson also oversaw Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Lync and Live Meeting and most importantly, the Azure cloud-based platform.

The software giant said in a statement to Seattle PI: “We're pleased he will continue to lead the Office 365 team through launch, and until his retirement later this year, Dave will be focused on delivering Office 365, taking care of existing customers, and supporting a smooth transition.”

The company is yet to reveal his successor.

Microsoft has lost a number of top flight execs over the past two weeks, with Thompson becoming the fifth to announce his intention to leave the software giant.