Marc Whitten, best known as the chief product officer of Xbox at Microsoft, has left the company. Whitten has worked at Microsoft for the last 14 years and was key in launching all three Xbox systems, from the original console back in 2001 to the Xbox One last year. Whitten will take up the same role as chief product officer at wireless audio company Sonos.
Beyond announcing that Whitten had left the company, Microsoft did not provide any details on why Whitten had moved over to Sonos. Whitten's team will now report to Terry Myerson, who took over Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox software at Microsoft last year.
"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," said Whitten. "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."
We wish Whitten the best of luck in his new position and thank him for helping to push the envelope in the console hardware and software space.
Source: The Verge