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Microsoft fires its CIO

Software maker says Stuart Scott was terminated after investigation for violation of the company's corporate policies.

Microsoft fired Chief Information Officer Stuart Scott on Friday after two years with the company, saying he violated company policies. The software maker did not specify which policies.

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"We can confirm that Stuart Scott was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies," a Microsoft representative said in an e-mailed statement. Microsoft said that two executives--General Manager Shahla Aly and Corporate Vice President Alain Crozier--will assume Scott's responsibilities until a replacement is identified.

Microsoft declined to comment further on Scott's departure, which was noted earlier Tuesday by ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft also noted on its corporate Web site that Scott has left.

Scott Joined Microsoft in July 2005 after 17 years at General Electric. In 2003, he was named one of the top 100 chief information officers by CIO Magazine.

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