Microsoft, one of the giants in the tech business, just announced a shocker that Steven Sinofsky, the head of the Windows division, is out. It has been speculated, Windows chief Mr. Steven Sinofsky as a possible successor to company CEO Steve Ballmer.
Sinofsky was Bill Gates right hand man in the 90s (served as Bill Gates’ technical adviser), trusted with the Microsoft’s flagship products, including Office and, most recently, Windows. Sinofsky joined Microsoft in July 1989 as a software design engineer. His departure comes shortly after Microsoft launched Windows 8, a radical new touch-based operating system for PCs and tablets.
Ina Fried wrote, Sinofsky left due to tension with other Microsoft executives. The decision for him to leave was mutual. No reason was given for the sudden resignation, which the company was presenting as a mutual decision.
Microsoft said that Mr. Sinofsky, the president of its Windows division, would leave the company immediately after a 23-year career there.
In an e-mail sent to all employees Monday evening, Mr. Steven A. Ballmer said that Mr. Sinofsky’s decision to leave Microsoft comes at the start of a “new era” for the company, with the release of a wave of new products like Windows 8.
“I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company,” 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.”
In a statement announcing his departure, Mr. Steven Sinofsky said, “It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft,” Sinofsky said. “I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”
Julie Larson-Green, another longtime Microsoft lieutenant in its Windows division, will lead all software and hardware engineering responsibilities related to Windows. Tami Reller, the chief financial officer and chief marketing officer in the Windows division, will run business and marketing for the group.