The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

By: ctal
November 13th, 2012
7:57 am

The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

Microsoft has unexpectedly parted ways with Steven Sinofsky, the leader of one of its most lucrative businesses and an executive often mentioned as a possible successor to the current chief executive.

In a surprise announcement late Monday [November 12, 2012], Microsoft said that Mr. Sinofsky, the president of its Windows division, would leave the company immediately after a 23-year career there ....

Just weeks earlier, Microsoft released Windows 8, the company’s biggest overhaul to its flagship software product in years. The departure raises questions about how Microsoft, one of the giants in the technology business, will prepare itself for a new generation of leadership.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/1...microsoft/?hpw

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20 comments on "The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft"

  • fvbounty
    November 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Looks like W8 isn't selling!

  • XJ.
    November 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Originally Posted by fvbounty
    Looks like W8 isn't selling!
    Well, apparently, big businesses have pretty much said, WTH? are you kidding us? To much retraining, etc. If SP1 doesn't/can't provide a choice to install with a somewhat updated Aero interface, Win8 will be dead in the enterprise space.

    I imagine new users without touch screens are going to be completely baffled (hell, I was).

    What a way to blow a career, to bad for Sinofsky, who obviously did a great job with Win7.

  • PeterT
    November 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I hope this is because MS realized that releasing Windows 8 w/o the option of a traditional desktop UI was a mistake.

  • fvbounty
    November 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Originally Posted by PeterT
    I hope this is because MS realized that releasing Windows 8 w/o the option of a traditional desktop UI was a mistake.
    Me TOO.

  • Sir Skully
    November 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Originally Posted by PeterT
    I hope this is because MS realized that releasing Windows 8 w/o the option of a traditional desktop UI was a mistake.
    If he wasn't he should of been...

  • zapionics<alt>
    November 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I think that Ballmer says Sinofsky just wasnt a team player:

    Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer decided he had had enough of Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky.

    Story here

  • johnrr6
    November 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

    My take is that this is bad for any compromise on getting a decent, well known interface back into Windows.....

    Sinofski knew this would be a disaster without it....

    And my take is he fought the good fight to keep windows.....well....WINDOWS!

    Not a tablet style interface.

    I also think that it is VERY telling that we are not even seeing broad proclamations of success by MS on INITIAL sales figures....which I thought....at the very least....would be fine.

    It's gonna be worse than I thought.....

    and I thought it was going to be BAD....

  • fvbounty
    November 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Well its Official W8 isn't selling very good, and that's coming from Mr Newegg himself, here's the story.

    Windows 8 sales have been 'slow going,' Microsoft said to be blaming OEMs -- Engadget

  • ChAsM
    November 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Originally Posted by PeterT
    I hope this is because MS realized that releasing Windows 8 w/o the option of a traditional desktop UI was a mistake.
    Bing, PeterT!!! I was just asked today, at work, if we'd be upgrading to Windows 8. I said, "only if it can be made to look like Windows 7, and even then most likely not."

  • XJ.
    November 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    It's a good OS, from what I've heard, save for the ghey UI.



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