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Microsoft Stops Saleforce Hire

Microsoft told the Superior Court in Seattle that Miszewski was in breach of his non-compete and confidentiality agreements

Microsoft has gotten a restraining order stopping its recently departed general manager of worldwide government Matthew Miszewski from going to Saleforce.com and doing essentially the same job as its senior vice president, global public sector.

Saleforce announced the appointment last Tuesday, right after Microsoft pushed out its cloud-ified Dynamics CRM Online software.

It's a relatively rare move on Microsoft's part, reserved, some might say, for situations that provoke Steve Ballmer into throwing a chair across the room as supposedly happened when Google hired Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee to run its China operations.

Microsoft told the Superior Court in Seattle that Miszewski was in breach of his non-compete and confidentiality agreements.

Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard said in a statement that "This case involves an employee with knowledge of Microsoft's sensitive customer and competitive information going to work for Salesforce.com, a direct competitor, in a job that is focused on the same solutions and customers."

As is usual with such things, Salesforce isn't named in the complaint.

Microsoft wants an injunction. It says Miszewski knows its strategy and marketing plans and had access to its sales data and should be kept from working for rivals for a year.

Miszewski said in a canned statement last week that he was joining "the cloud computing leader at what is an inflection point for cloud adoption in the global public sector." Salesforce described his role at Microsoft as "a trusted strategic advisor to national, regional and local government leaders."

Before Microsoft, he was CIO for the state of Wisconsin. Amusingly he has a JD with a concentration in labor and corporate law from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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