Microsoft’s Sinofsky departs after Windows 8 launch

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Redmond, WA, United States (4E) – The president of Microsoft Window’s division, Steven Sinofsky, left the company Monday after 23 years of service, and less than a month after Microsoft launched its Windows 8 operating system.

In a statement, Sinofsky said “It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft.”

He added that he is humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone he had the good worked with in the company.

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer said,”I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company.”

Sinofsky had been at Microsoft since 1989, heading several of the company’s core products, including Office and, most recently, Windows. He served as former CEO Bill Gates’ technical adviser.

He managed the successful turn-around of Windows by delivering Windows 7 to enthusiastic reviews and making it Microsoft’s best-selling version of the operating system.

For three years, Sinofsky led the development and release of the redesigned Windows 8, which was launched in late October. He also handled Surface, the first PC tablet designed solely by Microsoft.

Julie Larson-Green, who is the most public face of Windows 8 after Sinofsky, will take over the position.

Ballmer reportedly wrote in a company-wide email, “Her unique product and innovation perspective and proven ability to effectively collaborate and drive a cross company agenda will serve us well as she takes on this new leadership role. All of the current Windows engineering teams will report into Julie, and Julie will report to me.”

Microsoft released no details on why Sinofsky is departing less than a month after Windows 8 launch.

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