Antoine Leblond leaves Microsoft

March 31, 2014 // 8:39 a.m.

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Microsoft's Antoine Leblond has told colleagues he is leaving the company as of today, after almost 25 years in the company's Office and Windows divisions.

Leblond started his career at Microsoft working on the company's best-selling Office productivity suite alongside Steven Sinofsky. When Sinofsky shifted across to head the Windows division, Leblond followed and become heavily involved in the development of the cloud storage portion of the company's Windows 8 operating system as well as speaking publicly regarding its exclusive DirectX features.

When Sinofsky left the company in November 2012 following the poor reception of Windows 8, the future looked unclear for Leblond. When no expanded role was provided as part of Ballmer's July 2013 shake-up, Leblond's days looked numbered; a fact seemingly confirmed when incoming chief executive Satya Nadella announced his own reorganisation earlier this month, again with no mention of Leblond.

'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,' claimed Leblond, in an email to colleagues obtained 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.'

Today marks Leblond's last day at Microsoft; the company has yet to issue an official statement regarding his departure.

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