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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: