In Pictures: Microsoft. Purges, personalities, ‘pursuing other opportunities’

At Microsoft periodic reshufflings of the players and the executive hierarchy are a way of life.

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Otto Berkes When he left Microsoft in May of 2011, Otto Berkes told the Seattle Times he wished for a redo of the Microsoft touchscreen slate prototype program he had worked on. "One of the outcomes of that effort was a change in thinking around Windows and the PC and touch interfaces and hardware evolution,” he said. The quote takes on new meaning in light of what’s happened in the meantime with touch-centric Windows 8 and creation of Microsoft Surface touch tablets. Berkes worked at Microsoft for 18 years and left about six months after his boss, Ray Ozzie, left the company. Now Berkes is CTO of HBO.

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