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.