Microsoft's MSN China venture is losing a key executive.
Vice President of Sales Xiao Chen is resigning from his position at the end of March to start his own company, a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters. Chen has been with Microsoft's Chinese MSN venture since its start in 2005.
MSN China has struggled to gain a foothold againsta Chinese social network service that has grabbed a sizable percentage of China's Internet users.
And late last year, MSN China got into some hot water after it was revealed that its microblogging site Juku lifted programming code from a Canadian firm called Plurk. After a quick investigation, Microsoftthat the code was stolen. The company blamed the action on a third-party vendor but was forced to pull the plug on Juku.
It's a, following Google's assertion earlier this year that it rather than continue its practice of filtering search results. Microsoft has said it intends to in China.