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Crikey. This is a depressing little story, really. As you probably know, Nokia is hard at work producing its first phones that'll run Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. They've got license to customise WP7 in ways other manufacturers haven't, and no-one knows phone hardware like Nokia, so the anticipation surrounding the first handset is considerable.

So when Joe Marini, of Microsoft's senior Windows Phone people, tweeted the following last week, it seemed to fit in with, shall we say, Microsoft's internal 'narrative'. 'I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking Nokia phones I have ever seen,' he wrote. 'Soon, you will too! #wp7'

Joe probably shouldn't have dropped a big hint about the launch schedule for the first NokiaSoft phone, though given that it's been promised before the end of 2011 'soon' hardly narrows it down. But he probably would have got away with his little indiscretion if not for what came after. In response to a question from a hardcore Windows fan, asking for a mini-review, he said: 'Overall, I would say an 8,' meaning 'out of ten.' 'Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction.' When asked why he didn't give it a nine or ten, he continued, 'Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting. I'd like a larger screen too.'

Reasonable enough. But as Engadget points out, 'unbridled enthusiasm is encouraged at Microsoft,' and we'd say if anything it's actually required. So while this wasn't exactly a critical review, the combination of broken confidentiality and not-total enthusiasm was too much for Marini's bosses to take. We don't know exactly what happened next, but a Microsoft source told Engadget the next day that Marini "no longer works at Microsoft." What's more, the offending tweets have been deleted, a sure sign the twit hit the fan, as it were.

Blimey! Is Microsoft being just a tad oversensitive about this whole thing? Or should people just learn to stop tweeting before they think? Let us know your take below.

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