Developer Division Head Somasegar Is Leaving Microsoft After 27 Years

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S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft is leaving the company after 27 years. He was responsible for developer tools and services, including the programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, the Visual Studio line of products and services, MSDN online service, and the .NET Framework. He was also responsible for the Cloud and Enterprise business’s Global Development Centers in China, India, and Israel, and he was the executive sponsor for these centers for all of Microsoft.

He is leaving Microsoft to pursue the next phase of his career. Microsoft is still working on its transition plan now and will announce his replacement in the next few weeks.

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Somasegar joined Microsoft in 1989 and contributed to eight releases of Windows before leading Developer Division. Somasegar holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India.

In 2006, Somasegar was awarded an honorary doctorate from Anna University. In 2008, he was presented the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award.

Somasegar lives in the Seattle area. He and his wife have two daughters.

I’ll miss his blog posts and the ‘Namaste’s at the end of them.