J Allard no longer at MS, says report

Unhappy at Courier canning, apparently.

Rumours are swirling that J Allard, best-known for his involvement in the development of Xbox, has left Microsoft.

ZD Net's Mary-Jo Foley quotes a "pretty reliable tipster" as saying Allard is currently on sabbatical and probably won't return to the company.

Allard is said to have been working on the Courier, a dual-screen tablet prototype. Apparently he was unhappy when the project was canned. Some sources say he's leaving of his own accord, others that bossman Steve Ballmer is giving him the boot.

However, he is still listed as chief experience officer and chief technology officer for the Entertainment and Devices Division on Microsoft's website.

Microsoft has declined to comment on the report.

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