Boyd Multerer, the man responsible for development of the Xbox Live, director of development on the Xbox One, and the pioneer of the XNA video game programming language, has left Microsoft.
Multerer took to his official Twitter account to announce his resignation saying, “Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do something new.”
Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do something new.
— Boyd Multerer (@BoydMulterer) December 29, 2014
Prior to the launch of the Xbox One, Multerer worked as Director of Development on the console. He joined Microsoft back in 1994 as an employee on contract along with running his own software house. Three years into the company and he was hired as a full-time employee and one of the first persons to work on Xbox Live that we know today.
Speaking to Game Informer, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that Boyd played vital role developing Xbox Live, Xbox One as well as XNA:
We are grateful for Boyd’s considerable contributions over 18 years, including the vital roles he played in engineering and launching Xbox Live and Xbox One, and creating the XNA game-development language.
An inspiration to many, we wish Boyd Multerer luck for all his future endeavors!