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

Microsoft’s virtual reality chief Alex Kipman has resigned from his role at the company – days after reports emerged that he had viewed “VR porn” in front of workers and engaged in other forms of misconduct towards female employees.

Scott Guthrie, the head of Microsoft’s cloud and artificial intelligence division, revealed Kipman’s departure in an email to employees Tuesday, detailing a restructuring within the company. Kipman also informed his subordinates that he was leaving the company.

“For the past several months, Alex Kipman and I have been talking about moving the team forward,” Guthrie said in an email obtained by Insider, which first reported Kipman’s departure. “We have mutually decided that this is the right time to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.

“I appreciate the tremendous vision Alex has provided to Microsoft over the years, and everything he has done to advance our Metaverse offerings. Committed to ensuring success before what happens next,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie’s email did not address allegations of misconduct against Kipman, which first appeared in a comprehensive insider report detailing alleged “toxic” behavior by Microsoft executives.

Alex Kipman leads Microsoft’s HoloLens project.
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The article details an incident in which Kipman used a pair of virtual reality glasses to watch a scene in which “several young women slipped on a bed” and “highly sexualized” in a room when staff were present. Pillow fight”.

An employee told the outlet that the scene was “VR porn” and described the incident as “incredibly uncomfortable”, with at least two employees leaving the room.

“It was in the office, in front of the women,” the employee said.

The insider cited current and former Microsoft employees who alleged that Kipman did not face disciplinary action despite complaints about unwanted touching and other types of inappropriate conduct in Office.

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Alex Kipman is leaving his role to “pursue other opportunities,” according to an internal email.
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An employee told the outlet that the scene was “VR porn” and described the incident as “incredibly uncomfortable”, with at least two employees leaving the room.

The Insider report referred to the allegations against Kipman as an example of Microsoft’s leadership’s failure to act on executive misconduct.

Kipman did not respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment on the allegations in the original May 25 report or after reports about his resignation emerged. A request sent by the post to Kipman’s Microsoft account was not immediately returned.

A Microsoft representative confirmed the reorganization as well as Kipman’s exit but did not address the allegations.

“Alex Kipman will leave the company to pursue other interests after helping with the transition for the next two months,” the spokesman said. Earlier, Microsoft executives responded to a previous May 25 report from Insider that contained claims against Kipman.

Microsoft said at the time, “every claim we receive is investigated, and every claim is explicitly taken to substantiate it.” “This disciplinary action may range from dismissal, relegation, loss of pay or bonus, official reprimand, compulsory training, coaching, or a combination of some of these.”

As part of the re-organization, Microsoft’s mixed reality hardware team, which includes the team responsible for the “HoloLens” headset initiative, will be overseen by Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. The software teams working on the mixed reality effort will report to executive Jeff Tepper.

Executive misconduct claims at Microsoft have reached co-founder Bill Gates.

In January, Microsoft ordered an outside law firm to investigate its handling of sexual harassment allegations that claimed Gates was involved in inappropriate behavior toward female subordinates while working at the company.

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