Microsoft employee fired over Nokia WP7 phone tweet

Posted on Sep 26 2011 - 11:17am by Julius

It appears that Apple is not the only tech company that has problems handling secrets. Reports say that a Windows Phone program manager at Microsoft has been fired after posting a tweet about a Nokia device running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system.

Joe Marini, a program manager for Windows Phone at Microsoft, made a harmless tweet confirming an unnamed Windows Phone 7 device being developed by Finland-based phone giant Nokia. This will be the phone manufacturer’s first attempt at running another operating system following years of running its homebrew OS.

“I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen,” read Marini’s tweet on September 7. “Soon, you will too! #wp7”

Geekwire has reported that a spokesperson from Microsoft has confirmed that Marini no longer works for the company, but did not disclose more details. Marini has been working for Microsoft since 2003, and has been given public tasks, including speaking at the Microsoft’s BUILD conference earlier this month.

According to the report, Marini resigned after learning that he would be fired for using the social media improperly and for disclosing confidential information. His Twitter account, @joemarini, had contained posts about his thoughts on the development of Windows Phone 7 devices.

This is not the first time Marini tweeted information about new Microsoft products, though. In March, he posted that he would be unveiling a new version of the Internet Explorer 9 for the Windows Phone at an upcoming Microsoft event. He did not receive any punishment for the tweet, but it appears that the latest post about the Windows-powered Nokia phone made his bosses angry.

 

via: All Things D

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