Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 16:15 UTC
Microsoft Big and surprising news this morning. Some considered him the crown prince of the Microsoft empire, slated to take over after Ballmer's eventual departure, but this morning, Steven Sinofsky announced his resignation from Microsoft. His role will be taken over by Julie-Larson Green. Persistent sources indicate that we're looking at a Forstall-esque situation; Sinofsky was, supposedly, not a good team player.
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by Nelson on Tue 13th Nov 2012 16:38 UTC
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It is my analysis that the Sinofsky departure had nothing to do with Windows 8, Metro, or Surface. Be that sales (which 75% of retailers say is on track, and 25% say is above expectations) or it as a whole.

Julie was Sinofsky's right hand in a lot of the Windows 8 engineering, and for the inevitable Metro hater in this thread: She invented Metro. If Sinofsky was being canned for Metro or Windows 8 or Surface, they wouldn't put the person in charge of the User Experience at the helm of Windows.

My take is mostly that Sinofsky had plans to leave Microsoft and Windows probably sooner than most people thought. He wasn't keynoting at Build, suspiciously. Most people usually wait until their product ships to leave the company. This might be just Steve being glad his babies are out of the door, and feeling its the right time to move on (Between major Windows releases)

In addition, what's less clear is how the internal power struggle in Microsoft has played into this, and how his departure changes the dynamics. It could be that as Microsoft moves to eliminate the redundancy in itself (For example maintaining something like four different XAML stacks), Sinofsky's reluctance to play nice with DevDiv would be seen as undesirable.

Whatever reason for his leaving aside, there is absolutely no denying the incredible influence that Sinofsky has. He's an Office guy, like Julie, so they'll continue to run Windows like Office is run (Organization wise).

I don't think a lot of people truly appreciate the size and scale of the Windows operation. For Sinofsky to essentially streamline that process for Windows 7's release, and further refine it with Windows 8 is a testament to his managerial prowess. It's a shame, I really had him lined up to be CEO in my mind. He seemed much better suited for that role anyway.

I'm not sure if Julie is an interim appointment or not, but she has monumental shoes to fill.

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