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Some fallout from the reorganization within Microsoft and specifically MSN: The highly regarded manager of portal and content group, Hadi Partovi, resigned last week..additional changes are possible as the merger of MSN and Windows is sorted out, says the story.

Partovi, though,, said he’s not leaving because of any turmoil at MSN. He said he’s leaving to start his own company, probably an Internet venture.

Partovi is remaining at the company for several more weeks to finish some projects, including a revamped version of the home page and updates to the portal developed by his group. Microsoft has confirmed other significant departures in recent weeks. Ward Cunningham, inventor of the Web pages known as wikis, left Microsoft recently to join a nonprofit dedicated to open-source software. Jim Allchin, the company’s chief Windows architect, announced his retirement at the same time that Microsoft detailed its big reorganization.


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