February 1, 2007
Top Zune Guy Leaving Microsoft
Bryan Lee, the vice-president in charge of the Zune player is leaving Microsoft. Commentators see this as heads rolling over Zune's lack of market impact past the introduction of the player. Microsoft spokeswoman Molly O'Donnell said that Lee is leaving Microsoft for personal reasons rather than over issues related to Zune. It's possible. Microsoft damped down expectations of the Zune as an iPod killer long before the unit was released. The company said sales were acceptable while acknowledging that it would take years of competition for the Zune player to make money. Sales are targeted to be 1 million by June. Apple, by comparison, sells millions of iPods per quarter. We can revisit the Microsoft's projection in June. Lee will stay on for a bit to transition his role to J Allard.
Read more in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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