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Bertrand Serlet, one of the major forces behind OS X, to leave Apple


Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering and one of the developers of OS X, is leaving Apple after a 22-year working relationship with Steve Jobs. Serlet started working with Jobs in 1989 as part of NeXT and made the move to Apple in 1997 when Jobs returned to the company.

"I've worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science," Serlet said in a press release issued by Apple this morning.

Serlet will be succeeded by Craig Federighi, the current vice president of Mac Software Engineering, who will report directly to Jobs.

We at TUAW wish Serlet the best of luck in his future endeavors, and thank him for the role he played in giving us OS X. We also wish Federighi much luck in his new position. With the spotlight focusing on Mac software again with the future release of Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion," we look forward to seeing what he brings to the platform.

A video of Jobs and Serlet speaking at WWDC in 2006 about how Microsoft has copied Mac OS X, pointed out by MacStories, can be seen after the break.

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