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Windows boss departs Microsoft following the launch of Surface and Windows 8

Tuesday, 13th November 2012 10:47 GMT By Nick Akerman

Windows boss Steve Sinofsky has left Microsoft just days after the launch of Surface and Windows 8. Sinofsky’s departure is effective immediately, bringing a sudden end to his 23 years at the corporation.

Julie Larson-Green is set to take over Sinofsky’s role. She was previously head of Windows’ business wing.

Microsoft is yet to provide a reason for Sinofsky’s exit. Windows 8 has received poor reviews by some outlets, whilst Surface sales aren’t particularly special. Could this have something to do with it?

In the words of Steve Ballmer, reception to Surface has “started modestly.”

Microsoft commentator Mary Jo-Foley suggested Sinofsky’s departure is part of a long-term plan.

“Sinofsky is known inside and outside the company as a guy who got things done and done his way. Rumours regularly reappeared about Sinofsky angling to take over more business units. And until recently, it seemed like Microsoft’s own senior leadership team, as well as Ballmer himself, had capitulated, allowing Sinofsky to make whatever management decisions he deemed fit. Those who disagreed left or were shown the door.”

Whatever the reason, we wish him the best.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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8 Comments

  1. Gadzooks!

    Jumped, or pushed?

    He could end up being the fall guy for the worthless/pointless combo that is winRT/win8.

    Will we see change at MS after he leaves? Probly not. My professional life will no doubt continue to be much harder than it should be due to MS software engineers not being able to apply human design considerations to their software.

    I really wish the Xbox division could detach from MS…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Freek

    Personality clashes seems like a more likely source, acording to The Verge;

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/12/3638340/microsoft-steven-sinofsky-departure-personality

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Talkar

    The sales of the Surface are “fantastic” to quote MS. Have a look at the update: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57548201-75/ballmer-says-microsoft-surface-sales-off-to-modest-start/

    Regarding Steve Sinofskys leave, i think it has something to do with the disputes between him and Ballmer, but i can only guess…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. dizzygear

    “Sinofsky is known inside and outside the company as a guy who got things done and done his way.”
    “…allowing Sinofsky to make whatever management decisions he deemed fit. Those who disagreed left or were shown the door.””

    If he is the jackass responsible for the complete removal of the start menu and Aero glass in Windows 8 i’d say good riddance.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    While most sources are mentioning different reasons behind this, I really REALLY hope this is a sign of Metro system failure.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    It’s Ballmer that needs to go, not his staff…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. alterecho

    @4
    LOL

    #7 2 years ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    He’s just the fall guy I suppose. A martyr that falls on the sword so Microsoft can save a face. But will they change the decisions made in order to build a tight thick wall around the Windows? I highly doubt that.

    #8 2 years ago

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