In Pictures: Microsoft. Purges, personalities, ‘pursuing other opportunities’

At Microsoft periodic reshufflings of the players and the executive hierarchy are a way of life.

CEO Steve Ballmer is the only executive at Microsoft who seems immune to forces that have led to sometimes-unceremonious departures of his underlings. As he puts the finishing touches on a reorganization to align the corporate structure with the stated reshaping of the company from a software vendor to a purveyor of products and services, here’s a look at some recent high-profile separations, the reasons for them and where those involved ended up. (Usually they land on their feet; they have a lot of talent.)

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