Brandon Watson, who oversaw Windows Phone’s work with third-party app developers, is leaving Microsoft to join Amazon.com’s Kindle team.
Watson confirmed the news on Twitter and said in a message that he’ll be working on the Kindle cross-platform team. As Mary Jo Foley notes at ZDNet, that group makes Kindle apps for a variety of platforms, including Windows Phone.
“I am really excited, but sad to go,” Watson says in a message, noting that leaving behind a strong team in good hands makes it easier. The Windows Phone Marketplace recently surpassed 60,000 apps.
No word from Microsoft yet on a replacement. Ryan Lowdermilk of the WPDev Podcast was first to note the news.
Charlie Kindel, a Microsoft general manager who previously led third-party app initiatives, left the company last year.