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Veteran Windows exec exits Microsoft ahead of Build 2014

Longtime Microsoft employee Antoine Leblond has confirmed his departure on what is his 9,000th and final day at a firm he has served for over two decades.

Leblond, who was one of a number of Windows executives left by the way-side during a reshuffle last year, left the firm earlier today and penned an emotional email to his colleagues.

“After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer,” Leblond said in an email to colleagues, quoted by Re/code. “Every single day I have had here has been amazing in its own way, and I will never look back on all of these years with anything but fondness, pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and a real appreciation for having been lucky enough to be part of so many awesome things. I am sad to leave all of you, but also incredibly excited for what comes next.”

Leblond worked in the Office unit during his first 20 years at Microsoft where he worked alongside former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky. The two moved to Windows at the same time and were tasked with developing the store and cloud services for Windows 8.

Up until late last year Leblond was still an integral part of the company’s plans and it was only when the company outlined extensive reorganisation plans that didn’t include the Windows services head that his position looked under threat.

Leblond had become the public figure-head for Windows 8 since Sinofsky departed Microsoft and some had speculated that he would perform this role at the upcoming Build 2014 conference that takes place later on this week – a rumour that has been firmly quashed with today’s news.

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