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Microsoft’s CIO quits

Tony Scott departs Redmond to focus on ‘personal projects’

Tony Scott served as CIO at Microsoft for over five years.
Tony Scott served as CIO at Microsoft for over five years.

Microsoft's chief information officer, Tony Scott, has resigned after five years in the role, according to online reports.

Several tech sites reported that Microsoft employees were informed of Scott's departure last week, but the news leaked when his LinkedIn profile was updated to list him as the former CIO at the Redmond-based software giant.

Microsoft then reportedly told GeekWire, "Tony Scott decided to depart Microsoft to focus on personal projects. While at Microsoft, Tony was a strong IT leader passionate about taking Microsoft's technology to the next level and using our experiences and learnings to help customers and partners. We thank Tony for his contributions and wish him well."

Scott, appointed in January 2008, served as a key driver in the movement of Microsoft's internal application suite to the cloud.

GeekWire reported that Microsoft's general manager of IT, Jim Dubois, will step into Scott's shoes until a replacement can be hired.