A founding member of the Xbox, J Allard, is rumored to have decided to quit Microsoft. Reports suggest the Microsoft veteran of nearly 17 years will resign because Microsoft decided to axe one of his favorite new projects the 'Courier' tablet computer.
As Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), J Allard is responsible for the technical architecture and user experiences related to products and services of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division. Allard works closely with technical leaders across the company to align E&D product teams with Microsoft's overall services strategy and product architecture, and drives the technical and design agenda to deliver Connected Entertainment experiences for consumers. With a unified approach and his personal passion for the possibilities of digital entertainment, Allard manages the E&D design group and also oversees an incubation team that scouts new opportunities for the division.
A Microsoft veteran of nearly 17 years, Allard previously managed the technical development of the Xbox game console and Zune media player, and launched the Zune portable entertainment devices and services business. Allard helped shape the company's Internet strategy, has shipped over 30 products at Microsoft and was a founding member of the Xbox, Windows NT and TCP/IP product families.
Allard has been named to several leadership and influentials lists, including The Hollywood Reporter's "Top 35 Entertainment Execs Under 35" and Details' list of "Most Powerful Men Under 38," and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader program.