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[IGN] Xbox's Marc Whitten Leaves Microsoft

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Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten has left Microsoft. After 14 years, "the Xbox team is sad to share today that Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving the team to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos."

In a statement on Xbox Wire, Whitten said, “I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community. Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”
Whitten's team will report to Terry Myerson, "executive vice president that oversees the teams building the software platform and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox."
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never heard of Sonos until this post.. am i just not in the loop or is this guy going from a sure thing to a not so sure thing?
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never heard of Sonos until this post.. am i just not in the loop or is this guy going from a sure thing to a not so sure thing?

That's exactly what I was thinking.
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Is Sonos a console?
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Is Sonos a console?

Wireless speaker systems.

One of their head engineers was a customer of mine for awhile, and when we setup the network in his home I got to listen to them. For wireless, they were pretty nice!
    
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I think its the Sonos the wireless mutiroom speaker company
http://www.sonos.com/
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I hate this typical PR crap. Its always a thanks everyone for the help, we acomplished alot GG. But i really want to hear him say, why he is leaving. Is it money? Is it some decisions he was against ... something like "we need a better graphics card" and everyone is like... no no, this should be fine. Perhaps he was forced out ? Hey guys, I have a great idea on how we can enforce DRM.
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Sonos speakers are fantastic. Its a really cool product.
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I hate this typical PR crap. Its always a thanks everyone for the help, we acomplished alot GG. But i really want to hear him say, why he is leaving. Is it money? Is it some decisions he was against ... something like "we need a better graphics card" and everyone is like... no no, this should be fine. Perhaps he was forced out ? Hey guys, I have a great idea on how we can enforce DRM.

Odds are he simply wanted a change of pace, and potentially financial motivation.

There doesn't have to be a BAD reason to leave a company, you may simply find it is time to move on. I have worked for businesses in my life that I absolutely loved, and still hold dear. I simply felt the need to move onto other things in life, and should life take me back to them that is fine as well.
    
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Timing seems a bit odd though. XboxOne is still less than a year old and still has lots of things to clean up. Leaving a company a few months after they released their product to me seems a bit sketchy.
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