Microsofties are dropping like flies: First it was Scoble, then it was Gates, and now we have Martin Taylor exiting abruptly. A direct Ballmer report responsible for marketing of Windows Live and MSN, there is definitely something behind this sudden change.
More broadly, this is another nail in Steve Ballmer's coffin. Taylor was a Ballmer protege and friend, hand-picked to play point on the company's anti-Google plans. With Taylor now being unceremoniously being shown the exit -- within 24 hours of being everywhere promoting Microsoft's latest Windows Live launch -- it is another sign that Ballmer is the wrong guy at the wrong time for Microsoft.