Unexpected: Sinofsky Exits Microsoft

Source: Microsoft Press Resources

(Ping! Zine Web Tech magazine) – Microsoft waved goodbye to Steven Sinofsky on Tuesday, marking the departure of its high profile Windows President who had been with the tech provider since 1989.

In the last prior years, Sinofsky was heavily involved in the provider’s development and eventual release of Windows 8.

The news was met negatively on Wall Street, with the company plunging down 4% in trades, a report from the BBC noted.

The reason for the move wasn’t made clear in a press release announcing the company’s leadership shakeup, although Sinofsky did reflect positively on his experience with the employer. “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,” he stated.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, meanwhile, said he was “grateful” for Sinofsky’s service at Microsoft, noting in involvement in recent products including Surface and Office.

Succeeding the former Windows President is Microsoft veteran Julie Larson-Green who has a resume encompassing projects such as Internet Explorer and program management on previous versions of Windows.

So why lose Sinofsky? A report from The Verge cited a source noting that a “clash of personalities” led to the move. And while Sinofsky’s exit may have been preplanned and nothing to do with recent product releases, the before mentioned issue reportedly did. “But his attitude (and skill set) as an aggressive, tightly-siloed Windows boss — not a holistic Microsoft boss — may have done him in,” The Verge’s story noted.