Major IT News: Jameson leaves Microsoft for the VCF Project
DATELINE MAY 9, 2007
May 9, 2007 (The Internet) - In a stunning coup de grace the VCF Project has managed to lure Microsoft press spokeswoman Jenna Jameson away from the software giant.
While executives at the Redmond based company offered no comment, insiders at the campus are saying that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is furious at the departure, as Jameson was reportedly critically involved in their new Silverlight initiative. Initial reports that an office chair was thrown through a window are swirling around the Redmond campus.
Jameson cited interest in furthering her understanding of the C++ language and wanting to "broaden her horizons" as reasons behind the move.
"Sometimes you just need to move on" Jameson said, at a press conference in New York today where she was meeting with executives at the VCF Project to discuss her new duties at the software upstart.
Sources at both companies revealed that negotiations had been going on for some time, and an initial sticking point was over compensation for the prestigious spokeswoman. "Everybody loves her here, she really brings a new dimension to the place" said an insider at Microsoft's Redmond campus. "It's a great loss for the company, but we wish her the best of luck with her new endeavor" said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, reputedly a close friend of Jameson's.
Software chief Bill Gates refused to comment to the press, and there are rumors that he's in deep mourning over Jameson's departure. "Yeah Bill was really crushed" said another source.
Microsoft's stock hit a snag as the market digested the news, taking a 10 point hit in the morning on heavy trading and is expected to drop further by day's end. Analysts for Goldman Sachs are reported to be considering changing their rating for the company from a "hold" to a "sell".
In New York, however, it was all smiles, and a VCF Project executive said "we're super excited to have her on board, and look forward to integrating her unique talents within the project."