Microsoft Employee leaves Microsoft over tweets about the upcoming Nokia WP7

Joe Marini, Principal Program Manager of the Windows Phone web team, has resigned after tweeting his first impressions of a upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 7. According to sources, he resigned after learning that he would be let go for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information.
His tweets didn’t really reveal much about the Nokia WP7 phone. But it still made headlines on several websites and blogs.

Here are the tweets regarding the Nokia WP7 phone.

I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too! #wp7
@samsabri Overall I would say an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction
@samsabri Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting. I’d like a larger screen too.

So, we now know that the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 7 is slick, feels solid, good camera, responsive user interface and has nice little touches on the body construction. Oh, and since he said he would prefer a larger screen, we can roughly guess that the screen is 3.5 inch or smaller.
A lot of people were asking what’s the big deal about that? It’s not something earth shattering. We all know that Nokia is working with Microsoft to release phone on WP7. Nokia is famous for good hardware and therefore you will expect their first WP7 to have good camera and body construction. Maybe something similar to what you see on the Nokia N9. So what’s the big deal? Why does Microsoft want to fire him for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information?
Well, IT IS A BIG DEAL. These are confidential information. Although almost everyone on earth knows that Nokia is making a WP7 phone, it is still not right for an employee to tweet about it unless he is authorized to do so. And the phone in question is made by Microsoft’s partner, Nokia. It just isn’t proper for him to Tweet about the phone. What if he crossed the line and tweet more details about the phone?
But although I feel that what Joe Marini did is wrong, I don’t think it warrant a dismissal. Perhaps a stern warning would be more appropriate in this case. After all, he seems passionate about what he is doing at Microsoft. Oh well, sad to see the Windows Phone 7 team lose a great team member, especially when it is so close to the Windows Phone 7.5 release and Nokia WP7 launch.

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