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Brain Drain At Skype? Tech Leader Jonathan Rosenberg Latest To Leave, Now At Cisco As CTO, Cloud Collaboration

March 5, 2013 | Howard Lichtman

Story: Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch

There is some change at Skype, the messaging giant that is now a part of Microsoft: Jonathan Rosenberg, the chief technology strategist, and then later GM of product strategy and research at Microsoft who was behind the creation of Skype's Facebook video calling feature and other developments, has left the company to become a VP and CTO of cloud collaboration for Cisco -- the company from which Skype had poached him in 2009 partly to build out its enterprise business.

Rosenberg brought a crucial mix of technical expertise and product implementation to Skype, which took tech beyond the lab and into the mainstream. "He wasn't just thinking of technology, but how to integrate and make it a part of an ecosystem," a source says.

As one of the main people behind Skype's video-calling service with Facebook, Rosenberg helped secure the deal, develop the architecture and APIs and build the launch plan. He also was behind Skype's Windows 8 client, and developed the strategy behind Skype's webRTC plans, a role he also forged through work with the IETF, which is still ongoing.

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