Xbox’s Marc Whitten leaving Microsoft for Sonos

Marc Whitten

Marc Whitten is a name you may not be familiar with, but it’s a name that’s had a huge impact on console gaming. He’s been with Microsoft since 1997 and had the most impact on the Xbox when he joined that team in 2000. After 14 years working on Xbox, Marc is departing for consumer electronics company Sonos.

Marc leaves behind a legacy that saw the Xbox brand grow to over over 48 million members on Xbox Live and millions of console sales for the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

This past September Marc took on the role of leading the entire Xbox team at Microsoft. He reported directly to Terry Myserson, who is the EVP of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft. At Sonos, Marc will become Chief Product Officer.

Marc was unique in that he engaged directly with the community. He’s well known for playing games with the players on Xbox Live. He even took time out to reply to a member of the Windows Phone Central forums last year.

Here’s Marc on his time with Xbox:

“I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community. Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”

Good luck to Marc on his future work at Sonos. How about an official Sonos app for Windows Phone? ;)

Source: Xbox



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EricMarsi says:

this was surprising, bet it was an internal disagreement that usually happens at Microsoft.

Jf.Vigor says:

Or... Higher salary offered

EricMarsi says:

possibly, but with the way things have been lately, you never know


How have things been going lately?

Or just time to move on.

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...or it's a career move. i.e., more monies.

jcutting says:

Or it's a career move because he's been working on Xbox for 14 years and wants to do something new with new challenges. It's not always about disagreements or more money - sometimes we all just need something new and different.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Launching the Xbox one in more than "half a dozen countries" would have been a much appreciated conquest.

Cleveland2k says:

Yeah, people get bored and like to find something new. I'm 20yo and I always ask myself, "Do I really wanna work for the same company for 20 years?" It's not human to want to sit and do the same thing forever. Our species is too curious for that.

Or looking for growth opportunities...

rodneyej says:

Or looking for BOOTAAAY!❕❗... Lol.

RaRa85 says:

Ha ha you just had to.

With power comes better, more consistent, random, sometimes 2 at the same (damn) time "Bootay".

rodneyej says:

Two at the same time.. Wow, life is great.... As long as we're talking about women here.... We are talking about women, right?

KelvBlue says:

Or running away from BOOTAAAY!!

Jazmac says:

Don't expect the worst for him. He is probably burned out and needs new challenges. It happens.

tanya shah1 says:

maybe he ll bring sonos support to wp8.1 :D

rockstarzzz says:

Too many people left Microsoft recently. Sign of freshness?

kwajr says:

We needed some major changes ms has to be nimble in these times

rodneyej says:

Peace out Marky Mark❕❕❕❕❕❕

bpmurr says:

Maybe we can finally get a Sonos Windows Phone app.

rodneyej says:

Lol!!... Yeah, maybe it's another one of those "trojan horse" moves by MS.

Marco Gomes1 says:

We will have a sonos app, some day...

Menzlo says:

Also wonder if Xbox Music will become one of the supported services.

Fritzly says:

The night of the long knives continues....

The_Lord23 says:

Who is the Röhm of the piece?

Rishicash says:

Whoever gets sacked. The modern version is watered down quite a bit.

Robot DeviL says:

Maybe he is the Stephen Elop for MS to eventually buy Sonos

rodneyej says:

That's what I said, said, said, said⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆

The time stamp never lies

rodneyej says:

For I am KING!❕❗

penetronn says:

The Xbox purge continues. He probably bears some responsibility for the xb1 marketing disaster albeit indirectly.

Good,ms has started internal clean up. Now we need some fresh talent to substituted for the fat ass

Marco Gomes1 says:

Just fire the dumbass who decided that a 10 month delay to make the Xbox one available in almost all EU countries was acceptable.

theefman says:

Probably one of the people responsible for the abysmal state of Xbox on WP. Should purge the lot of them.

Guakala says:

One of these days Gates will leave to Apple too!

Tips_y says:

Maybe ;-\  I just hope Cook will not come to MS in exchange - Apple seems to be stagnating under Cook.

Rishicash says:

Jobs was a sorcerer. Cook is not. We will not see the Apple Magik again.

Cellus13 says:

Microsoft is becoming a cat that's shedding its fur. Ugh...

AriesDog says:

If you ever listened to Marc on Major Nelson's podcast, he was one of the good ones. Not just a suit. He understood gamers.

ldp247 says:

Here comes a Sonos XBox and Windows Phone 8.1 app!

kenzibit says:

One of the guys I love at Microsoft and he's leaving?? Oohh man :'(

awneze says:

Why is it always news when someone leaves Microsoft??? Happens everyday #slowNewsDay

wpn00b says:

I've been at my current job for 9 years. I totally understand the feeling that something better is out there, no matter how high up within the company you climb. It happens. This is just a life event, nothing to do with internal discord.

fluidman8 says:

I Hope we see an official wp app, and win8 modern App and most important xboxmusic Integration!!!!!

Rug says:

I guess this blows my theory on how nobody that worked on the 360 had anything to do with the One.

All the concepts that made the 360 great, seem to have been forgotten with the One.

Dump entire previous library of a bazillion games. Check.

Make it difficult to do the typical tasks. Check.

Create a new location for achievements that nothing else can see. Check.

Make it difficult to achieve 1080p in a world that already had 4k sets. Check.

There's not a lot that can't be fixed, but I don't understand why they feel the need to make things harder on themselves.

I also have another thought about the whole DRM 'scandal'. There was no way they had that system anywhere close to being ready. They created their own ridiculous rules knowing darn well how everyone was going to respond in order to release on time.

neonspark says:

I hope this is the guy that wants to charge money for using free apps like netflix on the xbox. because that is one major rip-off.

Rishicash says:

This still burns me. It would be easy and beneficial to separate this feature from online gaming. Otherwise, it will drive people to use Roku or Chromecast. I can buy a Roku Stick for less than a year's subscription to an XBLG account.