Amazon Poaches Microsoft Windows Phone Senior Director Ahead of Rumoured Smartphone Launch

Amazon has poached a senior director of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, according to his updated LinkedIn profile and a tweet from his handle, @RobWill53.

Robert Williams is now Amazon's App Store director but he ironically still used a Windows Phone to check in at his new employers' headquarters in Seattle.

It was just a couple of months ago that Brandon Watson, former head of Windows Phone Developer Experience at Microsoft, also joined Amazon. He became director of the Kindle Cross Platform team.

Amazon's latest poach reinforces rumours by both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg that the online retail giant is planning to launch a smartphone (or possibly a five-inch "phablet") this fall. The company already has a relatively popular, seven-inch Android tablet for sale in the US called the Kindle Fire.

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more




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