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Ashley Highfield is leaving Microsoft following a management restructure at the company. A replacement for Highfield has already been found. Microsoft has hired Andy Hart, who previously worked at Associated Northcliffe Digital. He will head up the software vendor's advertising and online division in the UK. A recent reorg …


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  1. Duncan Hothersall


    Johnston Press has been haemorrhaging cash and stock price recently, on dwindling newspaper revenues. By November the number of share options required to reach the heady heights of £500,000 might exceed those available in the scheme!

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Really won't be missed

    Not sure one can point to anything that he particularly *did*, and under his watch the UK missed various targets. Took him a while to figure out that video is not the be-all and end-all, too; I guess old habits die hard

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    more like the undevelopment of the iPlayer

    > Highfield joined Microsoft in November 2008, after quitting his director of future media and technology role at the Beeb where he oversaw the development of the iPlayer, which took several years to complete and ran millions of pounds over budget ..

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    BBC iPlayer available abroad

    > the international iPlayer will only be available in 11 European countries from today although the USA, Canada and Australia will follow shortly. It will not be a catch-up service, but a means of accessing a library of BBC TV shows. And it will only be available for at least a year as an iPad app ...

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      SOCKS proxy

      Nothing that a SOCKS proxy cannot sort at a smaller cost than buying a TV licence. Not that I would ever do such a thing :)

  5. Doogie Howser MD

    What's this guy's secret?

    Hoovering up piles of cash and not apparently too effective at what he does, looking at past articles. I'm clearly in the wrong game!

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