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Microsoft’s Alex Kipman resigns after being accused of watching ‘VR porn’ in office: report

Microsoft’s digital actuality chief Alex Kipman has resigned from his function on the company – days after experiences surfaced that he had watched “VR porn” in entrance of employees and engaged in different kinds of misconduct towards feminine workers.

Scott Guthrie, the pinnacle of Microsoft’s cloud and synthetic intelligence division, revealed Kipman’s departure in an e mail to workers Tuesday whereas detailing a reorganization throughout the company. Kipman additionally knowledgeable his subordinates that he was leaving the company.

“Over the last several months, Alex Kipman and I have been talking about the team’s path going forward,” Guthrie stated in his e mail obtained by Insider, which first reported on Kipman’s departure. “We have mutually determined that that is the best time for him to depart the company to pursue different alternatives.

“I appreciate the tremendous vision Alex has provided to Microsoft over the years, and all that he has done to advance our Metaverse offerings. Alex is committed to helping the teams with the transition process over the next two months and ensuring success before pursuing what is next for him,” Guthrie added.

Guthrie’s e mail didn’t tackle the allegations of misconduct in opposition to Kipman, which had been first revealed in a sweeping Insider report detailing alleged “toxic” conduct by Microsoft executives.

Microsoft HoloLens
Alex Kipman headed up Microsoft’s HoloLens project.
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The article detailed an incident in which Kipman used a pair of digital actuality goggles to look at a scene in which “several young women in skimpy clothing frolicked on a bed” and had an “overtly sexualized pillow fight” in a room whereas workers had been current.

One worker advised the outlet that the scene was “VR porn” and described the incident as “incredibly uncomfortable,” with not less than two employees leaving the room.

“It was in the office, in front of women,” the worker stated. 

Insider cited present and former Microsoft employees who allege that Kipman didn’t face disciplinary motion regardless of complaints about undesirable touching and different kinds of inappropriate conduct in the office.

The state of affairs grew so regarding that greater than 25 workers purportedly submitted particulars as half of a report to administration about Kipman’s conduct.

Insider’s report referenced the allegations in opposition to Kipman for instance of the failure of Microsoft’s management to crack down on government misbehavior.

Microsoft representatives didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon Kipman’s resignation. But company officers responded to Insider’s previous report that included the claims in opposition to Kipman.

“Every reported claim we receive is investigated, and for every claim found substantiated there is clear action taken,” the company stated on the time. “This disciplinary action can range from termination, to demotion, loss of pay or bonus, official reprimand, mandatory training, coaching, or combination of some of these.”

A supply advised Insider that Kipman will stay in his publish till Microsoft completes its deliberate restructuring.

As half of the re-organization, Microsoft’s combined actuality {hardware} groups, together with the group chargeable for the “HoloLens” headset initiative, might be overseen by chief product officer Panos Panay. Software groups engaged on combined actuality efforts will report to government Jeff Teper.

Claims of government misconduct at Microsoft have reached as excessive as co-founder Bill Gates.

In January, Microsoft ordered an outdoor legislation agency to conduct a probe of its dealing with of sexual harassment allegations, together with claims that Gates engaged in inappropriate conduct towards feminine subordinates whereas working on the company.

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