John Gruber over at the fantastic Daring Fireball linked to this story over at ZDNet titled “Where in the World is J Allard?”.

It’s a question many of us have been wondering with no shortage of speculation on just what “Extreme Business” he’s been on. After all, it’s been over a year since anyone’s heard from the guy and you know he has to be doing something amazing. For those curious on this relic from the Xbox past (and frequent DGR/TFL cannon fodder), following are some highlights from the ZDNet article.

On where he is now (emphasis mine):

“Over the past month or so, I’ve been asking around about Allard’s whereabouts. One of my sources who has been a pretty reliable tipster in the past told me that Allard is on sabbatical and is unlikely to return to Microsoft. His name is still in the Global Address Book inside Microsoft, I hear, and his bio page is still unaltered on the Microsoft Corporate Web site, where he still is listed as Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Entertainment and Devices Division.”

On why he might have left Microsoft:

“Word inside was Allard was none too happy about the killing off of Courier and has finally made good on his (what sounds like they may have been regular) threats about leaving the company all together. (Another person with whom I communicated claimed CEO Steve Ballmer showed Allard the door because of disagreements regarding the Courier’s potential.)”

The article also quotes from sources that state the nature of Allard’s role and importance within the company. I got a chuckle out of the Steve Jobs comparison. Does he not wear shoes either?

My guess is that Allard has taken a Zune and solar sailed into deep space. He is currently using it to colonize a soon to be named Planet X with just his teeth and some gum in Zero G and without oxygen. That shit’s extreme. Sigh. Old jokes die hard here.

The far more respectable John Gruber hazards a guess that we’ll see Allard moving over to Google. I could actually see that.

For old time’s sake:

6 Responses to Where is J Allard?

  1. fluffy_nuts says:

    got to love the grape tits, i think there was a bit of underboob in that video

  2. J Allard is gone from Microsoft? I think it’s time we all grabbed a 20.oz of Mountain Dew and poured some of it out.

  3. John says:

    We rant about this whole thing a bit on the upcoming podcast, but I’ll just say that I never understood the love for this guy. He starts out as a non-descript, pudgy doofus-looking dude who helps out with the original Xbox. Then, when Seamus Blackley leaves the company, all of a sudden “Jay” becomes “J”, he gets the Eddie Bauer makeover, starts mountainbiking, skydiving, and participating in other “extreme” activities, and next thing you know he’s sitting cross-legged on the floor of an angled stage at E3 with a hoodie/blazer combo, no shoes, talking to us about 4D space as though he’s the fucking arbiter of hipsterism.

    Don’t get it. At all.

  4. carrotpanic says:

    Don’t we all know that guy though?

  5. He is our own creation. We want every company to have a face that we can get behind and for Microsoft all there was was him.

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