The unofficial explanation for Bender's departure is related to Windows XP definitively replacing the Sugar operating system. His resignation might be the sign that OLPC plans to shift its entire XO sub-notebook production to Microsoft's operating system. According to Vota, the organization plans to ship more units of its low-cost notebook, and Negroponte claims that a partnership with Microsoft would be the right decision.
The OLPC organization has lost three of its key executives in a short period of time. The wave of resignations was triggered by Mary-Lou Jepsen, the company's CTO, who left in order to focus on her own project, called the PixelQi.
Ivan Krstic, the company's former Director of Security left in March, as he considered that the company's initial goals have been lost during the restructuring process.
A new piece of software called Direct Note Access, first publicly demonstrated by Neubäcker and his company Celemony Software last month, will for the first time allow computers to analyze the digitized sounds of guitar or piano chords, or even multi-instrument recordings, and then extract and modify individual notes.