After over a year spent working at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington offices, Mark Hamburg has resigned from Microsoft to rejoin Adobe Systems, Inc. where he will again be working in the Digital Imaging department. Mark, a former Photoshop Architect and the founding engineer on Lightroom had gone to Microsoft to work on new usability for Windows. His decision to return to Adobe is more a statement of desire to again work on products in the digital imaging realm rather than a more research driven project.
Hamburg is undeniably a rock star. His role at Microsoft, as I understood it, was grand and ambitious: to design a truly next-generation user experience for computer software. I can only assume that his Microsoft experience went poorly.