Veteran Microsoft exec Julie Larson-Green is leaving the tech giant to explore new opportunities. During her almost 25-year stint at the company, Larson-Green really did see it all, making her way from Windows software to Xbox and Surface hardware. After returning to work on Office in recent years, the senior software engineer took leave to recover from spinal cord surgery six months ago. While out, she spent time advising other firms. "It made me realize I was ready to take what I learned at Microsoft and apply it in other places," she said in a statement.