Departures happen for many reasons in diverse organizations. A large outfit like M$ has its share. The 32 mentioned at eWeek interest me. Only 2 have no/little hair and only 2 are women. Presuming this is some kind of statistical sample of M$’s staff, I come to the alarming conclusion that youth and women are fleeing M$. That bodes ill in a society where more than half are young or female.
From a technological perspective the age or sex of the staff may be of little relevance but it is one more sign that M$ has lost its way if that other OS was to be the standard in operating systems. It is relevant that while some of the refugees have given decades of their productive years to M$ they see no future for themselves there. Freedom does have value in all our lives.