Ouch. It looks like despite big words and thoughts for selling Windows Phone handsets, Gavin Kim just wasn’t up to the job. Kim joined Microsoft late last year after working at Samsung. He announced that he would be responsible for the future direction of Windows Phone and to “ accelerate Microsoft’s trajectory to win the hearts and minds of consumers, carriers, device manufacturers, developers and partners.”
Five months later, we can see this hasn’t been accomplished by far, so perhaps Kim feels as if Windows Phone is a sinking ship that should be abandoned. No specific reasons were given for his departure, but Microsoft has confirmed that the decision to leave was a personal one. He will be released by Eugene Ho, who will continue the work with Microsoft in order to further the future of the Windows Phone ecosystem.
It’s always sad to see someone go, especially when it’s pretty obvious that they may not be happy with their particular job. Hopefully Kim’s replacement will be more enthusiastic about getting handset manufactures on board with Windows Phone as the Apollo/Windows 8 update looms ahead.