At this point, I have to call this a rumor (Now confirmed) - Silicon Valley Watcher is reporting that Robert Scoble is bailing out on Microsoft:
Andy Plesser from Plesser Holland and the videoblog Beet.tv just called and told me Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft and will join Podtech.net, the podcasting network. He will be moving from Seattle to Silicon Valley.
Mr Scoble has expressed frustration working at Microsoft and he has also been unhappy with his compensation. He has created a tremendous amount of positive publicity for Microsoft but there have been many within the organisation that have resented his very public position. The company has not been able to control his views or his travels to various conferences and blogger meetings.
I've thought that he was sounding more frustrated at Microsoft lately, and I expect that his "out front" position has created internal political problems. Either way, I'm sure that Robert will let us all know soon enough - he'll either verify and explain, or refute.
Update: Chris Pirillo says it's true, and he's certainly in a position to know.
Update2: Fascinating speculation by Vinnie Mirchandani: "Now you wonder what the visit with Sun was about". Another thing I hadn't thought of - I wonder if Mini-Microsoft will come out of hibernation for some commentary?
Update3: Scoble confirms the news. Interesting comments about how no one drove him out too - I believe that, Scoble isn't one to conceal that sort of thing. In any job, with any employer, there's what I call a "BS factor". Big companies tend to have larger ones - heck Cincom has its BS factor too. At any point, some people have just "had enough", or decide that they can have a bigger impact elsewhere - I know that when I worked at larger firms, that "small cog in a big wheel" thing was always there.