Microsoft announced yesterday that President of Windows and Windows Live Steven Sinofsky will be leaving the company, and that the exec’s departure is effective immediately.
As the driving force behind the Windows 8 operating system, it is a no-brainer that Sinofsky is the public face for the latest OS and its Metro interface. In fact, he has been the one posting constant updates on the software’s official blog, which chartered its development. One of the former exec’s blog posts is titled “Updating Windows 8 for General Availability.”
The blog post is basically about a set of improvements for the Windows 8. As stated:
We are pleased to be releasing a set of improvements to Windows 8 in broad areas of performance, power management and battery efficiency, and compatibility. These improvements are available starting today via Windows Update.
He was also the one who presented the Microsoft Surface tablet to the public for the first time in Los Angeles this year. The former exec is also the one who disclosed to the media two years ago about the company’s plans to develop a Windows version for ARM-based processors. Windows 8 was officially launched last month, together with the Surface RT.
Aligning the Microsoft Team
Following Sinofsky’s departure, the company will promote Windows 7 lead engineer Julie Larson-Green, who will lead all Windows software and hardware operations. In addition, CFO Tami Reller will have the additional duty to manage the business side of the OS.
Although Microsoft did not disclose why Sinofsky left. CEO Steve Ballmer thanked him for his work. He also added that the company must “continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings.”
On the other hand, All Things D posted on their website that there was a growing tension between Sinofsky and the other members of the Microsoft executive team. It was said that some execs didn’t see him as enough of a team player. However, the company’s official position is that the decision is a mutual one. Meanwhile, Sinofsky had only good words to say about his former employer.
It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.
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