Microsoft Windows boss quits

2012-11-13 07:16

Redmont - Microsoft said on Monday that Steven Sinofsky, the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations, is leaving the company.

Sinofsky's departure comes just weeks after the Redmond, Washington, software company launched Windows 8, which represented a major overhaul of its ubiquitous computer operating system.

Company veteran Julie Larson-Green has been promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering, Microsoft said.

Tami Reller will take over responsibility for the Windows business while retaining her posts as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer.

The company did not say why Sinofsky is leaving.

In a statement, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expressed gratitude for Sinofsky's contribution to the company. He indicated the need for the company to further integrate its array of offerings, which in addition to Windows includes services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox and a new tablet computer, as it begins what he called "a new era at Microsoft."

Ballmer said "it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."

The launch of Windows 8 last month heralded the biggest change to the industry's dominant operating system in at least 17 years. It attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing tablets with its touch-enabled interface.

Larson-Green has been with Microsoft since 1993. She was responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as well as development of all international releases for Windows 7 and Windows 8, Microsoft said.

In her new role, she will be responsible for all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware projects.

  • marius.koen2 - 2012-11-13 09:24

    I am starting to like Windows 8 more and more.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-13 12:14

      Yes its a really awesome OS. Love it

  • gennath - 2012-11-13 10:10

    Maybe Steven wants to spend the last few days of planet earth with loved ones, especially since there won't be a Windows 9 - his job is done... *giggle*

  • dean.barrett.50 - 2012-11-13 11:48

    I think Windows 8 will stand as a good swan song for Sinovsky... It's been great for me so far; not only the fastest OS (Windows or Mac, maybe not Linux) I've worked with and it's had relatively few bugs this far. Plus it only cost me R300 to download from so why not. It is sad to see Sinovsky go though - he should start a company with Scott Forstall (who just left Apple)...I'd take those products!

      wwrer.ww - 2012-11-13 12:59


  • realist.person.5 - 2012-11-13 12:31

    Perhaps Sinofsky wasnt in favour of where Windows is going?... It's interesting that he leaves soon as the OS changes drastically. In my opinion, REAL work can't get done on tablets, but pc's. Well, not yet anyway... And even if it competes with hardcore computer power... it will probably remind you of something called a laptop... which is what we have already....

  • dean.barrett.50 - 2012-11-13 14:31

    Yup, R300 to download it from January 2012. You can install it whenever you want.

      horace.spector - 2012-11-13 19:51

      That's so "Last Century" actually paying for an OS!?

  • dean.barrett.50 - 2012-11-13 14:32

    Uh, 2013 I meant

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