I'm one of those professor types that ends up defending the joys of life as an academic versus a career in industry -- some of you who read this blog have probably seen me comment at Matt Welsh's blog or Daniel Lemire's blog/Google+ chain. And to be clear I'm not anti-industry, I just want to make sure there's a fair discussion.
In that vein, I'm sad to hear that Microsoft Research Silicon Valley will be closing, as described in this article. I know many people at MSRSV, and have visited there often. It's a loss to the community to have it close. I have sympathy for those who work there -- this must be stressful -- but this sympathy is happily diminished because I know the people there are so talented, they will quickly move on to other employment. (When Digital Systems Research Center closed long ago, a number of the people I worked with in the lab just moved on to some small company that seemed to be just starting to really get going, called Google. I wonder how it worked out for them.)
After a moment of silence for the lab, I do feel it necessary to point out that this is one of the "issues" in the academia vs industry life choice. The life cycle for companies moves rapidly. That's not a bad thing, but it's a thing. Disruptions like this are a non-trivial risk in industry, much less so in academia. (Just look at the history of research labs.) Again, I'm sure it will work out for the people at MSRSV, but any life shift like this -- even if it ends positively -- is stressful. Without wanting to overstate the consequences, it's worth pointing out.