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Windows President Steven Sinofsky Quits Microsoft

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The manager responsible for bringing out the last two versions of Windows departs Microsoft.

In what is very surprising news coming out of the Remembrance/Veteran's Day weekend, Microsoft has revealed that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky will be leaving the company effective immediately. Sinofsky was at the helm of Office products and lead the teams on the development of Windows 7 and 8 products.

Filling Sinofsky's shoes will be a pair of existing Microsoft employees. Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller will assume responsibility for the business of Windows while retaining her role as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer. Both executives will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

“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.

“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. 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.”

About Julie Larson-Green

Since 1993, Larson-Green has worked on and led some of the most successful products for Microsoft, including the user experiences for early versions of Internet Explorer, and helped drive the thinking behind the refresh of the user experience for Microsoft Office. For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as well as development of all international releases. She has a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Washington University. In her new role she will be responsible for all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware opportunities.

About Tami Reller

Reller joined Windows in 2007 from the Microsoft Dynamics Division where she held a number of leadership positions. She began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college, and was the company’s chief financial officer at the time the company was acquired by Microsoft in 2001. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MBA from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. In her expanded role she will assume the lead in driving business and marketing strategy for Windows devices, including Surface and partner devices, in addition to her current marketing and finance responsibilities.


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    f-14 , November 13, 2012 1:15 PM
    he was ' let go' in the middle of the night.

    who quits in the middle of the night with a prearranged press conference ?

    nobody!

    he was fired here is why:

    "If you followed any of the news around the Windows 8 launch, you'll know that it didn't go so well. People who tested the software found to be confusing, and the company scrambled to do damage control in the days that followed. "

    microsoft makes software for business, this whole 'touch' thing is microsoft trying to be apple like at selling a product to consumers, not businesses.

    if microsoft was aiming windows 8 at businesses they would have made it with mostly voice recognition/command.

    windows 8 is such a dismal flop worse than vista the people who designed it are getting fired!

    $38-$89 product at launch when most other windows since windows 98 have luanched at $200-$300.

    think on that it speaks VOLUMES about microsofts confidence in this product.

    where is ME ? ME didn't even last 2 years i'm pretty sure it was discontinued within almost 1 year of it's launch, but i don't care to remember ME was THAT terrible.
    ME was priced about the same as windows 8 is now.

    windows 8 is in the same boat and will be just as short history.
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 12:53 PM
    Darth Maul is dead, Always two Sith there are, never more never less.
  • 16 Hide
    boyabunda , November 13, 2012 12:56 PM
    Bury Microsoft to the ground with Windows 8 then leave = Genius plan
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    wannabepro , November 13, 2012 12:41 PM
    If he was responsible for Windows 8, I'm not sure it's such a bad thing. Hopefully we can get some real innovation reliant upon customer input in the OS and XBOX environments.
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 12:53 PM
    Darth Maul is dead, Always two Sith there are, never more never less.
  • 16 Hide
    boyabunda , November 13, 2012 12:56 PM
    Bury Microsoft to the ground with Windows 8 then leave = Genius plan
  • 10 Hide
    diddo , November 13, 2012 12:56 PM
    At an end your rule is, and not short enough was it.
    If so good Windows 8 is for MS future... why leave?
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    Microsoft Employee: Ah, MR. Sinofsky. we need to make the Metro GUI optional on windows 8!

    Sinofsky: No, Never! It will be Metro, The customers do not know what they want! until I tell... I tell them, and They want what I tell them to want!

    Microsoft Employee: But the surveys say otherwise!

    Sinofsky: Then the surveys are wrong! Can't you see this black turtleneck sweater I'am wearing! This means I am ALL KNOWING! Can you not see that I am the SECOND COMING!

    Microsoft Employee: Okaaaaay!


  • 18 Hide
    f-14 , November 13, 2012 1:15 PM
    he was ' let go' in the middle of the night.

    who quits in the middle of the night with a prearranged press conference ?

    nobody!

    he was fired here is why:

    "If you followed any of the news around the Windows 8 launch, you'll know that it didn't go so well. People who tested the software found to be confusing, and the company scrambled to do damage control in the days that followed. "

    microsoft makes software for business, this whole 'touch' thing is microsoft trying to be apple like at selling a product to consumers, not businesses.

    if microsoft was aiming windows 8 at businesses they would have made it with mostly voice recognition/command.

    windows 8 is such a dismal flop worse than vista the people who designed it are getting fired!

    $38-$89 product at launch when most other windows since windows 98 have luanched at $200-$300.

    think on that it speaks VOLUMES about microsofts confidence in this product.

    where is ME ? ME didn't even last 2 years i'm pretty sure it was discontinued within almost 1 year of it's launch, but i don't care to remember ME was THAT terrible.
    ME was priced about the same as windows 8 is now.

    windows 8 is in the same boat and will be just as short history.
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 1:18 PM
    And Now! we get Julie (The Ribbon Lady) Larson-Green! And the pretty tiles will be transformed into Ribbons! Ribbons of silver and gold! We have gone from Flooring to the Sewing and fabrics isle in the little Microsoft shop of horrible interfaces! Clean up in aisle 5!
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    rosen380 , November 13, 2012 1:34 PM
    So it takes two women to do a man's job... :) 


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    AndreT , November 13, 2012 1:40 PM
    Julie Larson-Green also designed the Metro UI.

    Also, @f-14 the OS is so cheap because they want everyone to adopt it so the Microsoft store gets a foot hold. That's where the real money is.
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    DRosencraft , November 13, 2012 1:43 PM
    Obviously no one really knows what happened except those people in the room, but I don't see any reason to doubt that he quit of his own volition. I do happen to like 8, but that's beside the point for now. With little news on how good or bad the OS is doing, and the fact that official numbers won't be out for a little while longer, MSFT would be stupid to try to push this guy out now, which would obviously start rumors of 8 doing very poorly, and therefore hurt sales further. They would want to hold him on for a while longer until just before the official numbers, definitely after the holiday shopping season, to avoid a sales hit. Of course, someone wants to quit there's not much you can do to stop them. I think he more likely quit than was forced out.
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 1:48 PM
    rosen380, This has nuthing to do with Male or Female, both the Ribbon interface and the Metro (tiles) interface suck on the windows desktop! This is one Male and one Female shepherding in TWO of the most crappy interfaces that the desktop has ever seen!
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    mpdugas , November 13, 2012 1:50 PM
    Think what a hero he'd have been if he had offered PC users a CHOICE about which W8 interface they'd like to use, rather than making it a requirement!

    I don't own or want a smartphone or a tablet, nor do I want my PC to behave like one over my objection; I'll buy W8 when the type of UI becomes my choice.
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    f-14 , November 13, 2012 2:36 PM
    andretJulie Larson-Green also designed the Metro UI.Also, @f-14 the OS is so cheap because they want everyone to adopt it so the Microsoft store gets a foot hold. That's where the real money is.



    the microsoft store can be launched like iTunes and or with a patch to all windows update platforms.

    seriously WHO QUITS AT NIGHT during monday night football WITH a prearranged press conference?!

    why would you need a press conference to quit? WHY?

    think on that.

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    bigdragon , November 13, 2012 2:48 PM
    Looks like Windows 8 missed its sales expectations. I could have told you that was going to happen last year. Actually, I did! The major flaws in the OS were not addressed since early build and beta releases. Hopefully Microsoft learns from their mistakes and the new people avoid repeating those mistakes. Sometimes the company likes to stupidly double-down on failed concepts, unfortunately. Hopefully that doesn't happen with 9!
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    spartanmk2 , November 13, 2012 3:27 PM
    Still going strong with Windows 7 8)
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    damianrobertjones , November 13, 2012 3:42 PM
    LetTheTrump8sBLOWMicrosoft Employee: Ah, MR. Sinofsky. we need to make the Metro GUI optional on windows 8! Sinofsky: No, Never! It will be Metro, The customers do not know what they want! until I tell... I tell them, and They want what I tell them to want! Microsoft Employee: But the surveys say otherwise! Sinofsky: Then the surveys are wrong! Can't you see this black turtleneck sweater I'am wearing! This means I am ALL KNOWING! Can you not see that I am the SECOND COMING! Microsoft Employee: Okaaaaay!



    Billions upon billions of ipad sales... yeah, consumers hate touch and easy to use UIs.
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    JohnUSA , November 13, 2012 3:48 PM
    Proves that Windows 8 is not liked and has many user irritability issues.
    Lets all hope that Microsoft realizes their huge mistake and will fix all of Windows 8 problems and release a much better and improved Windows 9 ASAP.
    Windows 8 big failure is a very good lesson for stubborn Microsoft. They should work on a much improved Windows 9 without all the irritating usability issues and release it when this new OS is really ready for the world to adopt. I really hate being their guinea pig.
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    slabbo , November 13, 2012 3:54 PM
    I think him, the guy in charge of Apple's iOS/Maps, that other Apple retail guy that left, and a few other people (maybe Bioware founders) are joining up to form a new company. All these layoffs and or quitting probably does mean something. They can call it Wippleware.
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    superblahman123 , November 13, 2012 3:59 PM
    f-14the microsoft store can be launched like iTunes and or with a patch to all windows update platforms.seriously WHO QUITS AT NIGHT during monday night football WITH a prearranged press conference?!why would you need a press conference to quit? WHY?think on that.


    Are you saying it makes more sense to hold a press conference over firing someone?...
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    superblahman123 , November 13, 2012 4:00 PM
    Edit:
    superblahman123Are you saying it makes more sense to hold a press conference over firing someone?...


    They would hold a press conference either way, he was the President of Windows. Wouldn't it indicate that he was fired if the announcement wasn't coupled with a press conference?
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