Kevin Schofield, Microsoft Research’s general manager and chief operations officer, has left the corporate’s analysis division after 17 years, he mentioned on Fb over the weekend. Schofield hasn’t but introduced what he’s doing subsequent. He clarified in a message to GeekWire that he has left Microsoft Research however not Microsoft.
The pc scientist has been a longtime mainstay of Microsoft Research, overseeing its enterprise affairs and operations and serving to to form its technical technique and priorities. MSR consists of greater than 1,100 engineers and scientists who work throughout a large swath of laptop science, specializing in fundamental analysis whereas additionally contributing to the corporate’s merchandise.
Schofield’s role included creating MSR’s relationships with the corporate’s product teams, and through the years he has been a staunch defender of the analysis division’s role within the firm and within the broader area of laptop science.
He wrote on Fb, “I really like MSR and the path it’s stepping into, and a part of me is gloomy to be leaving, however I’d additionally been there a protracted, very long time and it’s in all probability good for me to train some totally different muscle tissue. … I’m good, MSR is nice, we’re all good, and I’m wanting ahead to what comes subsequent.”
Schofield’s departure is the most recent change at MSR, which noticed longtime research chief Rick Rashid leave for a new role in Microsoft’s working programs group as a part of Microsoft’s broader reorganization final yr. Microsoft exec Peter Lee now heads up Microsoft Research worldwide.
We’ve contacted Microsoft Research searching for remark.