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

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