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Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jumps To Twitter

Jeff Sandquist, Microsoft's senior director of developer relationships, is leaving the company at a time when the software giant can least afford any decline in relationships with its ISV partners.

Sandquist disclosed this week that he's leaving Microsoft after 16 years to join Twitter, where he'll be working with the social media company's ecosystem partners.

Microsoft is struggling to gain market traction for its Surface tablet devices, for smartphones based on its Windows 8 Phone mobile operating system, and even for Windows 8 itself. Having a big stable of third-party applications is a critical part of those efforts and losing Sandquist could make that challenge even greater.


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