Microsoft Veteran Who Worked On Back Compat, xCloud, And More Leaves Xbox

William Stillwell has left Microsoft after nearly 20 years with the company.


The Xbox team has lost one of its most veteran staffers. William Stillwell, who joined Microsoft all the way back in 2000, has announced that he has resigned to take on a new role somewhere else.

"For the first time in two decades, I am a free agent. Look out world!" he wrote on Twitter. "Going to miss all the great people I had the honor of working with over the years, but I'm excited to start the next chapter in my career. Stay tuned..."

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Stillwell did not share any further details about where he's headed next or if he will stay in games.

Stillwell began his career at Microsoft working on a variety of Windows products. He moved to the Xbox team in 2012 as a Program Manager for the Xbox Store team.

He would go on to work on accessibility features for the Xbox One OS, and he was the lead for the Xbox One's launch in China. Stillwell also worked on the backwards compatibility team at Xbox before moving on to contribute to the new streaming service, Project xCloud.

Most recently, Stillwell worked as the principal program manager for mixed reality at Microsoft. He is also a former Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and he plays ice hockey as a goalie in his free time.

Stillwell is the latest veteran Xbox employee to quit in recent weeks. He follows former Xbox Live boss Dan McCulloch out the door; he has since joined EA to work on Skate 4.

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