Windows to the Soul: Steven Sinofsky is Out

by Jordan Richardson on November 13, 2012

Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live operations, is out. The company made the announcement Monday.

Microsoft has been pretty darn committed to an overhaul as of late and is looking to solidify a new reputation with the release of Windows 8, which was launched officially just weeks ago.

In place of Sinofsky will be Julie Larson-Green. She will be in charge of all Windows software and hardware engineering for the company, while Tami Reller will handle the business end of Windows while still serving as both chief marketing officer and chief financial officer.

The shuffling of the deck went without any tangible explanation, as is usually the case, but CEO Steve Ballmer was quick to praise Sinofsky’s work – sort of.

“I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company,” 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…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.”

“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,” Sinofsky said.

There was some inside word that Sinofsky was clashing with Ballmer, but rumours are impossible to track in the tech world as anywhere else.

Sinofsky was appointed to run Windows in March of 2006, an expected promotion that came just after the delay of Vista. That was a period of reorganization for Microsoft (sound familiar?) and Sinofsky was brought in to tighten controls and get things back on track. His promotion also highlighted the formulation of eight groups, including the Windows Live Group that was headed by Sinofsky.

Prior to that promotion, Sinofsky had been in charge of Office.

It had been expected that Sinofsky would be a successor to Ballmer, but that appears to no longer be the case. The expectations now are up in the air, but names like Kevin Turner and even Netflix boss Reed Hastings have been batted around.

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