Microsoft Windows exec quits company

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Microsoft exec quits company

Microsoft Windows executive Bill Veghte is leaving the company not long after one of his peers was chosen to run the Windows division. Veghte, who serves as senior vice president of Windows, has been with Microsoft for 19 years. He’ll leave the company at the end of the month, according to a note that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent to employees. Ballmer said that after holding a variety of roles at Microsoft, Veghte has decided he wants to lead a company “in a more end-to-end fashion.”

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