Windows Head Steven Sinofsky Stepping Down

The head of Windows at Microsoft Corporation, Steven Sinofsky, is stepping down from the company.  This is surprising because it has not even been a month since Windows 8 hit the shelves.  Mr. Sinofsky presided over the launch of the Windows 8 operating system and the Microsoft Surface tablet.

Even though Mr. Sinofsky is very talented at handling large group projects, he seems to lack team player skills that upper management has been looking for.  His departure is comparable to Scott Forstall leaving Apple.

Now Windows will be divided between two people that reported to Mr. Sinofsky, Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller.  Both Tami and Julie will report to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Mr. Sinofsky took over as head of Windows in 2006 after spending a long time in the Office division.  Mr. Sinofsky helped clean up the mess that is known as Windows Vista by pushing for a rapid release of Windows 7.

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

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