Windows Division chief abruptly announces departure from Microsoft

Jerimiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

Redmond, WA, United States (4E) – President of the Windows Division Steven Sinofsky has reportedly resigned from his role at Microsoft. Sinofsky has given no reason for his departure. Julie Larson-Green will oversee the Windows software and hardware engineering division momentarily while Microsoft looks for a capable replacement.

“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 in a statement regarding his abrupt departure.

According to sources close to the matter, Sinofsky at times was difficult to work with despite churning out exceptional work. His latest project was Windows 8. Before that he worked on Microsoft Office, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

“As we enter this new era, and with the successful launch of Windows 8 and Surface behind us, Steven Sinofsky has decided to leave the company,” Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer said regarding Sinofsky’s departure.

Sinofsky’s replacement Larson-Green has been working for Microsoft the past 19 years. She previously handled program management and research.

Sinofsky worked closely with Bill Gates as a technical advisor and was mainly a software development engineer. His stint with the company spanned 23 years. Aside from Office and Windows operating systems, Sinofsky also worked on Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

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