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Windows veteran Mike Nash leaving Microsoft

After nearly two decades with the software maker, executive is reportedly leaving to take a role on Amazon's Kindle team.

Corporate Vice President Mike Nash, who headed Microsoft's security efforts before spending the past several years in product management and strategy roles in the Windows unit, is leaving Microsoft.

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His Windows roots run deep, though, with Nash having been the first product manager on the original Windows NT marketing team. In his long tenure, he also oversaw development of and led the launch of Windows 2000, before shifting to head the security team.

Nash's departure follows on the heels of the departure of Bill Veghte, another top Windows executive who, like Nash, spent almost 20 years at Microsoft.

"We can confirm that Mike Nash is leaving Microsoft in a couple weeks," a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. "In his 19 years, Mike made an impact in a number of key roles at the company. We appreciate his service and wish him well."

According to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley, who first reported Nash's plans to leave Microsoft, he will be moving to Amazon to work on the Kindle team.