Brandon Watson, who was in charge of getting developers to build apps for Windows Phone, is quitting Microsoft to work on Kindle apps at Amazon.Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet first reported the news.
Watson told us that he was attracted to Amazon largely because he’s a huge fan of the Kindle. In fact, in 2009 he was featured in a New York Times article talking about how much more he started reading after he bought a Kindle.
Watson was originally recruited to the role by Charlie Kindel, who once held a similar role on the Windows Phone team.
Kindel left Microsoft earlier this year to found a mystery startup.
Earlier this week, it leaked that the next version of Windows Phone would be based on a lot of the same technology as Windows 8. That’s a big switch from the current state, where Windows Phone uses different underlying technology, and may indicate that the Windows team is taking more control over Microsoft’s phone platform.
Last month, Microsoft replaced the head of its mobile division, Andy Lees, with one of his lieutenants, Terry Myerson. Lees is still with the company, but in a mysterious new role.