Xbox Live Founder And Xbox One Designer Boyd Multerer Announces Departure From Microsoft
Boyd Multerer, Xbox Director of Development and founder of Xbox Live, announced that he is leaving the company.
The latest in a drawn out of series of personnel departures from Xbox, Multerer posted on Twitter that he would be leaving the company for "something new". As is almost always the case when leaving a job, Multerer did not specify what his new position would be, though it is also possible he has not yet decided.
Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do something new.
— Boyd Multerer (@BoydMulterer) December 29, 2014
Multerer joined Microsoft full-time in 1997, according to his LinkedIn profile, and had remained there since. In 2000 he was asked to lead online development for the original Xbox, eventually resulting in what we now know as Xbox Live. He later transitioned to XNA programming language development, helping indies get their games published on Microsoft's consoles. Multerer was involved of Xbox 360 OS development, and a key part of creating the Xbox One's architecture.
Needless to say, he has had a very significant role in nearly every key aspect of Microsoft's console development over the years. You can read a profile on him here--we wish him luck in future endeavors.