Former Windows Phone exec joins Amazon

Charlie Kindel – former general manager of developer relations – heads to Kindle maker fuelling smartphone rumours

Former Microsoft executive Charlie Kindel has reportedly joined Amazon to work on a secret project.

Kindel, who left the software giant last year to launch a start up, worked across the company during his 21 year tenure. His last position was as general manager of developer relations; tasked with encouraging independent companies to develop for the Windows Phone platform.

Amazon is staying quiet on Kindel's hire, as is Kindel himself. However, he has hinted that he is working on something big. He updated his LinkedIn profile to say he is working on "something wonderful", according to Geekwire.

Kindel left Microsoft to launch a startup named BizLogr, which developed an automated milage reporting tool for businesses. It is unclear what will happen to his startup.

While there has been no official word, Kindel's appointment does hint that Amazon is indeed preparing to launch a Kindle smartphone in the near future. Most of the speculation has focused on it running a version of the Android-based operating system the company developed for its Kindle Fire tablet.

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