Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft By Mutual Consent

If you’ve never heard of Steven Sinofsky, don’t feel bad. He’s the head of all Windows development at Microsoft. Or I should say was because he left the software firm effective immediately. So why would someone who just recently launched Windows 8 leave? Here’s a good reason:

Sinofsky, a controversial figure at the company, was the subject of a recent CNET profile that explored his polarizing ways. Insiders said he was warring with Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

The company said the decision behind Sinofsky’s departure was mutual, thought he abruptness of the announcement might suggest otherwise.

I wonder if Google has him on speed dial? As for his replacement:

Microsoft promoted Sinofsky’s longtime lieutenant Julie Larson-Green to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller, the chief financial officer and chief marketing officer in the Windows group, will add responsibility for the business of Windows. Both executives will report directly to Ballmer.

At least there will be some continuity. Will this affect Microsoft in the long term? I think not, but you never know.

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