Xbox Live and XNA creator Boyd Multerer announced in December that he was leaving Microsoft after 17 years.
“Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do something new,” Multerer wrote on his Twitter, in part. “Love all the people saying XNA changed their careers and lives. Glad to have helped people find the joy in computer science.”
Multerer first joined Microsoft in 1997 and in 2000 he was hired to lead development of Xbox Online, the online component for the original Xbox. He was responsible for hiring the Xbox Live development team and led design, direction and implementation of Microsoft’s online gaming service.