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Ken Moore, Cambridge-based Microsoft exec, splits for Oracle

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 11, 2011 03:45 PM

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kenmoore.jpgAnother notable Microsoft executive with long ties to the Boston tech community has left the company. Ken Moore, who had been the general manager of the SharePoint Workspace product at Microsoft, took a VP job last month at Oracle, and will be moving from Massachusetts to California.

Moore had been part of the early team at Groove Networks, a company that aimed to foster better online collaboration, working alongside founder Ray Ozzie there. (The two also worked together at Iris Associates, the company that spawned Lotus Notes, a pioneer in digital collaboration.) Moore joined Microsoft along with most of the Groove team when Microsoft acquired the Beverly-based start-up in 2005, and had been supervising aspects of the SharePoint product since then. While Ozzie shipped out to Redmond, and eventually assumed Bill Gates' old mantle of chief software architect, Moore remained in Massachusetts. His team was relocated from Beverly to Cambridge last year.

Several other ex-Groove team members remain at Microsoft, including Ozzie's brother Jack; hot shot programmers Eric Patey and Brian Lambert; and PR executive Richard Eckel. When Ozzie announced he was leaving Microsoft last October, he said he'd continue to advise the company for a bit. I'm told that activity has pretty much wound down.

Earlier in his career, Moore worked at Digital Equipment Corp., Progress Software, and IBM. Moore left Microsoft in late December, and starts at Oracle this month. I'm told he'll initially commute to Silicon Valley, with plans to relocate later in 2011. Moore hasn't yet updated his LinkedIn profile to reflect the new gig.

Oracle's PR folks haven't yet returned e-mails or phone calls to confirm the hire.

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