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Old 11-13-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #2
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

Looks like W8 isn't selling!
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

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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.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

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

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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.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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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...
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:43 PM   #7
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

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
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:25 AM   #8
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

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....
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

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
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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."
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Re: The Leader of Windows Exits Microsoft

It's a good OS, from what I've heard, save for the ghey UI.
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LOL, my first time reading the comments for this article. So you think Sinofsky (sp?) was let loose because of a debacle? That would be tough cookies after 23yrs of service. I would like to think that everyone is on the same page at MS and they know where their at, where they want to go, and what will be the outcome of their design strategy. Kind of like say, Intel. But I guess MS is so big that they have several depts. working on their own strategies and the Windows dept. failed. MS is huge but they don't have consumer device changing ability like hardware designers do, at least not without their help.

Here's what I think happened. MS named Windows 8 knowing it was going to be perceived by consumers as the follow on to Windows 7. They also know what the hump would be like for consumers to transition over. They gambled on consumers getting over the hump and failed. From my understanding, W8 requires a larger than normal learning curve, it doesn't work optimally with a mouse, and used optimally it requires new hardware (touchscreen). So there you have it, you need to relearn, throw your easy to use favorite mouse out, and open your wallet some more. MS put too big of a hump in W8 for the desktop user. MS's strategy should have been to develop an OS to accommodate handheld devices like tablets and smaller notebooks (all touchscreen devices) and left the follow on to Windows 7 geared toward its original hardware segment. The reason MS did what it did is clear though. They see Windows 7 as a finished product. It is probably polished as well as it can be. They also want to use the power of the Windows brand name to push new products. They also want all their developers concentrating on one path instead of multiple paths to create a better product quicker and that new path is headed toward smaller handheld devices. Since MS let the dogs out with Windows 8, there is no going back and they are stuck with trying to force more consumers into transitioning to it.
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It's a good OS, from what I've heard, save for the ghey UI.
Same here, on speed and hardware support I have read that it excels over W7.
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Same here, on speed and hardware support I have read that it excels over W7.
Like its been said a 1000 times all they have to do with W8 is let the person using it on a PC (you know personal computer) decide what they want, if you want metro you can have metro if you want a desktop with a start button you can have a start button, way to simple to fix!
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Like its been said a 1000 times all they have to do with W8 is let the person using it on a PC (you know personal computer) decide what they want, if you want metro you can have metro if you want a desktop with a start button you can have a start button, way to simple to fix!
But, doing that now would be admitting that their strategy was a mistake. Apparently they do not want to do that.
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