Windows Vista officially launched on Jan. 30, 2007, and subsequently became one of the most heavily criticized Microsoft products ever released. Thanks to the recent release of the acclaimed and fast-selling Windows 7, Vista is now a distant memory -- for the most part. But a number of high-profile and important executives in Redmond, Wash., have left Microsoft since Vista came on the scene. Some executives have retired, such as Bill Gates and Jim Allchin, while others have resigned (or "retired" with quotes) and joined another company, and a few have been let go, forced out or fired. Some of the executives were Microsoft veterans, while others were newcomers. The one thing they all share is they left the company after Vista arrived.
Here's a look at some of the big names no longer with Microsoft.