Windows President to Leave Microsoft
Article by George Norman
On 13 Nov 2012
Steven Sinofsky, the Head of Windows with Microsoft, will leave the Redmond-based company. Sinofsky not being a team player is rumored to be the reason for the departure.

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft has just announced the immediate departure of Steven Sinofsky, the executive who was in charge of the Windows operating system and the driving force behind and the face of the new Windows 8 operating system. Lead Engineer Julie Larson-Green will be promoted and will lead all Windows software and hardware engineering.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Sinofsky’s departure with the memo reproduced below:

Over the past few months we have delivered the foundation for a new era for Microsoft. From Office to Bing to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, to Xbox and of course Windows and Surface and everything in between, we've unleashed a huge wave of devices and services that people and businesses love. I simply couldn't be more proud of the effort you have all put in to get us here and to set the foundation for our future. At the Windows launch in New York, at the Windows Phone event in San Francisco, and again at the Build event on Redmond campus, I was struck that while externally many people look at these events as the finish line, they really represent the starting line of a new era.

As we enter this new era, and with the successful launch of Windows 8 and Surface behind us, Steven Sinofsky has decided to leave the company. Steven joined Microsoft in 1989 as a software development engineer and has contributed to the company in many ways from his work as a technical advisor to Bill Gates, to leading the evolution of the Microsoft Office business, to his direction and successful leadership of Windows and Windows Live as well as Surface. I am grateful for the work that Steven has delivered in his time at our company.

Effective immediately, Julie Larson-Green will lead Windows engineering. She will be responsible for all product development for Windows and Windows Live, in addition to Surface. Julie has been a stalwart leader of building compelling "experiences" from her time on Internet Explorer, through the evolution of Office and most recently to the re-imagination of Windows. Her unique product and innovation perspective and proven ability to effectively collaborate and drive a cross company agenda will serve us well as she takes on this new leadership role. All of the current Windows engineering teams will report into Julie, and Julie will report to me.

Tami Reller will lead business and marketing strategy for Windows including Surface and partner devices. She will provide broad stewardship to our PC marketing efforts while managing the line business functions for Windows. Her work on Windows since 2007 has been exemplary and her strong talents in working with internal groups and partners will also serve us well. Tami also will report to me.

We are facing a time of great opportunity. What we have accomplished over the past few years is nothing short of amazing, and I know we have more amazing in us. I am excited about our people, I am energized by our ability to change and grow, and I look forward to the success which lies ahead. Thank you for all you do, and please join me in congratulating our new leadership and celebrating all that we have accomplished so far.


After leaving Microsoft, Sinofsky had nothing but good things to say about Microsoft. "It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft," he said in a statement. "I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company."

Pleasantries aside, word on the web has it that the real reason behind Sinofsky’s departure is the fact that he is not a team player. Rumor has it that Microsoft saw Sinofsky as a very talented person but not as a team player.




Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Steve Ballmer, Steven Sinofsky
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