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Microsoft Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Out Following Windows 8 and Surface Launches

Late yesterday, Microsoft announced its own management shakeup, with Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky stepping down from the role he had held for over three years. Sinofsky's position is now being split, with Windows executive Julie Larson-Green taking on oversight of engineering and Windows chief financial officer and chief marketing officer Tami Reller adding responsibility for the remainder of the business aspects of the Windows business unit.
“I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company,” [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer said. “The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. We’ve built an incredible foundation with new releases of Microsoft Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Server 2012 and ‘Halo 4,’ and great integration of services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox across all our products. To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings.”
The move is being seen by some as a parallel to the impending departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall at Apple, with AllThingsD reporting that executive tensions involving Sinofsky had simply reached a breaking point.
Sources have said the move came amid growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives. Sinofsky, though seen as highly talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team player that the company was looking for.
Sinofsky's departure comes just weeks after several high-profile product introductions for Microsoft's Windows division, with the company launching Windows 8 and its Surface tablet late last month.

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56 months ago
If Microsoft really wants to help themselves, the only Steve they need to get rid of is Ballmer.
Rating: 88 Votes
56 months ago
Apple hires Steven Sinofsky.
Microsoft hires Scott Forstall.

Rating: 48 Votes
56 months ago
Expected this.. Windows 8 is a fail for desktop, but very good innovation for tablet.
Rating: 32 Votes
56 months ago
Time for Apple to sue Microsoft for copying what they're doing!
Rating: 23 Votes
56 months ago

I say they get rid of the guy who started that "Developers, developers, developers....." chant.

I don't know who you're talking about.
Rating: 23 Votes
56 months ago

...Windows 8 is a fail for desktop, but very good innovation for tablet.

100% on point. I will go so far as to say that it is almost unusable as desktop software.
Rating: 19 Votes
56 months ago
Ballmer is the failure here. Why doesn't the board give him the heave-ho?
Rating: 18 Votes
56 months ago
Windows 8 is the worst. those active corners arent mouse friendly at all and it took me literally 20 minutes to figure out how to close an app and how to turn the machine off.

with all those dif. windows editions, ms should have released a desktop specific edition
Rating: 16 Votes
56 months ago
Sinofsky seemed like one of the best people in Microsoft's leadership. Usually, "not a team player" really means "doesn't agree with the boss."
Rating: 16 Votes
56 months ago

I've been playing with 8 since the 26th and I have to say I really like it! The start screen apps are really nice looking and then you can just switch to desktop mode if you wish for the more traditional look. It's really almost like having 2 O.S.'s in one and I personally think it makes my Snow Leopard look a little stale.

UI is **** just be honest.
Rating: 14 Votes

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