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Microsoft creative director who sparked always-on controversy no longer with company

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Adam Orth, the Microsoft Studios creative director whose tweet about always-on technology launched a wave of anti-Microsoft sentiment last week, is no longer with Microsoft, Polygon has learned.

Reached for comment this afternoon, Microsoft declined to comment, but two sources have confirmed the departure to Polygon.

"We do not comment on private personnel matters," the Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon.

"Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console," Orth tweeted after a new report that Microsoft's next-generation console will require an internet connection to play games. "Every device now is 'always on.' That's the world we live in." Orth ended the tweet with a #dealwithit hashtag.

The tweet led to a tirade of angry comments, tweets, posts and a slew of news stories on blogs and in newspapers about the reaction. Microsoft later issued an apology.

"We are aware of the comments made by an employee on Twitter. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views are not reflective of those of the company."

This morning The Verge reported that the rumored next Xbox would serve in many ways like a cable box and require an online connection to use the entertainment services.