/// Seven Companies Microsoft Doesn’t Want Former Windows Boss Steven Sinofsky to Work For
Steven Sinofsky When former Windows president Steven Sinofsky resigned from Microsoft last November he hammered out a “retirement agreement” with the company that entitled him to stock worth some $14 million. In exchange for that stock award*, he agreed for a period of time not to disparage Microsoft; not to solicit Microsoft employees for work at other companies; and not to encourage Microsoft customers choose competitors’ products. And, most importantly, he agreed not to compete with Microsoft by accepting employment at “certain competitors.” Which certain competitors, Microsoft never disclosed. Until Tuesday afternoon, when it published the full text of Sinofsky’s retirement agreement as part of its annual 10-K filing . According to that document, Sinofsky cannot accept direct or indirect employment from: Amazon Apple EMC Facebook Google Oracle VMWare Hardly a surprising list, but still interesting from a competitive standpoint. Of all the companies with which Microsoft does battle in the marketplace, these are the seven it couldn’t stomach Sinofsky joining. For a time, anyway. Come December 31, 2013, the 23-year Microsoft veteran can sign on with any of those companies without repercussions from his former employer. *This is stock that would have vested and become payable to Sinofsky had he remained a Microsoft employee
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Seven Companies Microsoft Doesn’t Want Former Windows Boss Steven Sinofsky to Work For
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