Windows head Steven Sinofsky is leaving Microsoft immediately

Windows head Steven Sinofsky is leaving Microsoft immediately
Microsoft is mixing things up within the Windows Unit. After 23 years at the company, Steven Sinofsky, who was the lead effort behind the newest generation of Windows and the Surface tablet, is leaving the Microsoft. Sinofsky took over as the head of the Windows unit in 2006 and is largely credited with restoring confidence in the operating system after the disaster that was Windows Vista, and delivered the highly praised Windows 7 and pushed through the even bigger release of Windows 8.

Officially, this is a mutual decision between Sinofsky and Microsoft. In the press release, Steve Ballmer praised Sinofsky’s contributions to the company, citing specifically the new foundation Microsoft has laid out with Office 2013, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Surface and more. Ballmer also cited that Microsoft must have “more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings.” Sinofsky was equally tactful and conveyed gratitude for the professionalism and generosity at “this awesome company.”

The business of Windows will now be spearheaded through the efforts of two individuals. Julie Larson-Green is being promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering and Tami Reller will take on responsibility for the business side of Windows in addition to her other roles at Microsoft. She will drive the business and marketing for Windows devices.

Larson-Green has been with Microsoft since 1993 and was a key player in the development of the user interface design in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Reller’s background dates back to 1984 at Great Plains Software which was acquired by Microsoft in 2001.

Here is the text of the email sent to Microsoft employees:

We will not try to read between the lines of the statements made by the company or individuals involved. We know how dynamic Steve Ballmer is, and we will always have these images of Sinofsky using his surface as a skateboard

source: Microsoft and AllThingsD

UPDATE: Forbes received a copy of an email sent to Microsoft employees by Steven Sinofsky, that text is below:

source: Forbes



1. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I can think of at least two things I like about each of them.

4. MeoCao unregistered

This says a lot about how well WP8 and RT are doing. Things are not good and that is expected.

15. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Not at all, actually. If you read some other articles on the internet about Sinofsky's departure, it had almost entirely to do with office politics. He was a good employee that led his divisions to timely and successful product releases, but he was butting heads with a lot of his colleagues. According to those sources, he was upsetting the structure and culture within Microsoft, so they felt he had to leave before more people started quitting.

7. sandysingh252

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Tell websites to kindly take this news off, else Apple will file a suit against Microsoft for copying them by removing the employees after Apple did so.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

They BETTER have some public speaking/presentation skills.....thats all I have to say

3. wendygarett unregistered

I always remember Steven face, a very charismatic guy lol... and it's time for him to retired and let others do their job :)

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

It's hard to see Steven Sinofsky leave after all the things he had done to make microsoft the company it is now...

11. MeoCao unregistered

Ha, Ballmer needs a scapegoat for this WP/RT debacle. I think Bill Gates has to return at some point to save MS.

16. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm glad you got another piece of news to reaffirm your irrational hatred toward Microsoft (as is evident from pretty much all of your comments), but that is not the reason why he left. Please see my Comment #15 above.

6. mydi.maus unregistered

bye steven, hi julie...

8. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Holy shiz... These 2 women are just going to be arguing the whole time and there isn't going to be much progress for Windows haha :P

9. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Hi, nice face you got there

10. mihaidenis

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

It 's all about is sick and tired of working. In a big corporation where main focus of CEO`s is to keep there's positions. And they just fight for this doing nothing good for company and for themselves. Apple same. Period.

12. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

despite all negatives i still love windows 8 though, i just think its smooth

13. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I wonder if he will defect to google now.

14. Pyoung0560

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I think Apple bought him out, we will see

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