Robert Bach Leaves Microsoft, Goodbye Xbox, Zune and Windows Phones

May 25, 2010, By Gerard "Danger" Cabarse

Robert Bach, the now former President of the Entertainment & Devices Division of Microsoft has left the company. After tenure of 22 years, Bach is retiring from the software giant.

In an official statement, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, states, “Robbie has always had great timing, and is going out on a high note… and with the coming launches of both Windows Phone 7 and ‘Project Natal,’ the rest of the year looks stupendous as well. While we are announcing Robbie’s retirement today, he will remain here through the fall, ensuring we have a smooth transition.”

Having been with the company since 1988, Bach has worked on several Microsoft products such as the Xbox and the Xbox 360. He was the Chief Xbox Officer and the head of the Home and Entertainment group, a division of Microsoft responsible for gaming and entertainment devices such as the Zune, Windows Phones, and the Xbox.

Bach is retiring to spend more time with his family and to work on his non-profit efforts with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he is a chairman on the National Board of Governors.

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