Microsoft’s Cortana chief will leave the company by the end of the year

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Microsoft’s  Cortana Vice president, Javier Soltero will leave the company by the end of the year, according to a report from ZDNet. Following the report’s publication, Soltero confirmed his departure in a tweet posted to his personal account.

Soltero first joined Microsoft when it scooped up his email app Acompli back in late 2014. He and the Acompli team helped Microsoft vastly improve its Outlook iOS app. He later became the overall head of Outlook before taking on the Cortana chief role in March of this year, as part of the company’s massive reorganization that brought a renewed focus on artificial intelligence and the cloud, as well as the departure of Windows chief Terry Myerson.

ZDNet reported last month that Microsoft is moving Cortana out of its AI research division and into its Experiences and Devices team, signaling the company’s interest in building out Cortana more as a viable productivity assistant for existing Microsoft software and less as an experimental research project. Soltero is reportedly heading back into the entrepreneurial space, but it’s unclear what his concrete plans are once he leaves Microsoft.

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