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Tony Scott quits Microsoft CIO position

Microsoft CIO Tony Scott has officially resigned from his position after more than five years in the spot.

The company announced Scott's departure internally to employees this past week, with GeekWire picking up the scoop based on reports leaking out on the weekend — including the changing of Scott's LinkedIn profile to read "former CIO."

Scott's last day at Microsoft was last Friday.

"My dad passed away at Easter time, so taking a little time to get my mother re-settled, get my instrument rating done (I'm a pilot), and work on a couple of other long delayed personal projects. Will go back to 'work' (in some form) in a few months, but right now just focusing on the above," said Scott in an email sent to GeekWire.

Scott joined Microsoft in 2008 following positions as CIO at the Walt Disney Company, CTO of General Motors, and vice president of operations at the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

A portion of Scott's work was to ensure the smooth operation of Microsoft's "dogfooding" process. Or, as the company described in Scott's hiring announcement, "as Microsoft's biggest user of our products and solutions, Tony and the IT team will drive our solutions and deployment throughout our enterprise and provide valuable input and feedback to our product groups."

Additionally, Scott oversaw Microsoft's IT department, responsible for keeping Microsoft's internal systems up-and-running, updated and secured, amongst other operations.

As of 2010, Scott considered it one of his goals to push 85 to 90 per cent of Microsoft's internal apps to the cloud by anywhere between 2015 and 2020.

"All new application development inside Microsoft will be designed for the cloud," said Scott at the time, as reported by ZDNet. "Architecturally, it's easier to start with the cloud in mind than having to retrofit an on-premises app to run on the cloud."

Jim Dubois, vice president of IT product and services management at Microsoft, will temporarily ascend to the CIO position while Microsoft begins the search for Scott's replacement.

"While at Microsoft, Tony was a strong IT leader passionate about taking Microsoft's technology to the next level and using our experiences and learnings to help customers and partners. We thank Tony for his contributions and wish him well," reads a statement provided by Microsoft.