Niall Kennedy is leaving Microsoft after four months:
I was able to borrow resources here and there, but there was no team being built around the platform in the foreseeable future. I could have stayed at Microsoft, waited for the other 85% of the company to ship their products, and then hope support for my group might be back on track again, but I didn’t want to sit around doing little to nothing until Vista, Office, and Exchange ship. It’s easier to get funding outside Microsoft than inside at the moment, so I am stepping out and doing my own thing.
This sounds to me like a company in decline: if Windows, Office and Exchange are such a drag on the company that they prevent the business from working at the leading edge of technology then Microsoft has no future.