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Microsoft Ousts IE Mobile Manager For Revealing Nokia Phone Details 158

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the don't-drink-and-tweet dept.
suraj.sun writes with an article in CNet concerning the axing of a Microsoft employee for revealing a few too many details about the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone. From the article: "...Joe Marini, who worked as a Seattle-based principal program manager on the Windows Phone team, tweeted: 'I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too!' The tweet contained a Windows Phone 7 hashtag, #WP7. Marini sent subsequent tweets about the device, including one that rated it an '8' and another that said 'the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting.' ... Marini stepped down after being informed that he would be let go for violating Microsoft's social-media and blogging policy (PDF). "
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Microsoft Ousts IE Mobile Manager For Revealing Nokia Phone Details

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  • by Missing.Matter (1845576) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @09:43AM (#37467520)
    it doesn't really matter what the content was, it's probably more that he was blogging about confidential unreleased products. If he signed something that said he would not do this, and went on to do just that, he violated the agreement even though his comments were positive.
  • Re:Shame (Score:3, Insightful)

    by plover (150551) * on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @10:05AM (#37467806) Homepage Journal

    I don't know. I played with the WP "Mango" beta the other evening. Metro may not be as aesthetically pleasing as iOS but it was definitely an improvement in terms of integration of contacts, social media, and apps, and yet I could still see how to manage them separately.

    In terms of appearance and functionality it was better than any Android phone I've played with.

    I equated their appearance this way. WP8 is to Facebook as Android is to MySpace.

    WP7 does not appear to be even distantly related to the old Windows Mobile 6.5 CE crap. They did a decent job with this one. (first impressions only so far, of course.)

  • Re:Shame (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Sorcerer13 (52588) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @10:11AM (#37467862) Homepage

    Worst possible software? I hate to swoop in and defend Microsoft of all things, but Windows Phone 7 isn't that bad. It's not perfect, but I think it has a lot of potential. I'm personally excited to see what it can do with some decent hardware (Nokia).

  • Re:Harmless Speech (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Talderas (1212466) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @10:18AM (#37467974)

    This is a non-story.

    Microsoft employee violated company policy about blogging by posting details about the phone. Employee was going to be fired for violating the policy. It doesn't matter if the violation was benign or not. The only reasons this is on slashdot is because

    A. The story is about Microsoft.
    B. It's about company policies perhaps being "unfair".

    I think it's mostly A and very little B.

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