Microsoft President of Entertainment and Devices—that's Xbox, Zune, Kin, Courier, et al—Robbie Bach announced his retirement today. And in his exit interview with TechFlash, he holds forth on the once and future Microsoft. So Robbie: what happens now?
Not surprisingly, Bach's diplomatic about his reasons for leaving: the business is in good shape, he wants to pursue personal interests, the timing of his and J. Allard's departures are totally coincidental. And while it may seem odd for a relatively young exec—and potential Ballmer successor—to leave at such a critical time in his department's history, we'll just have to take his word for it. I mean, the guy's sitting on 22 years worth of Microsoft stock options. it's not like he has to work.