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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RE: Also worth noting:
by cdude on Tue 13th Nov 2012 16:55 UTC in reply to "Also worth noting:"
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2008-09-21

"Microsoft Surface RT may only achieve 60% of forecasted sales"

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20121112PD219.html

"Microsoft Surface Sales “Starting Modestly”, Says Ballmer"

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/12/microsoft-surface-sales-starting-m...

Green only "invented" the Tiles, not Metro. Also she was only last years at Sinofsky's side like many many others. She's a designer, did not lead anything so far and now gets to command the central Windows devision. That does not mean that she may not prof to be a rockstar but so far she isn't/wasn't. Compare that with Sinofsky who was already very successful leading the Office division and a rockstar when taking over the Windows devision.

Edited 2012-11-13 17:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Also worth noting:
by celt on Tue 13th Nov 2012 17:06 in reply to "RE: Also worth noting:"
celt Member since:
2005-07-06

"Microsoft Surface RT may only achieve 60% of forecasted sales"

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20121112PD219.html

"Microsoft Surface Sales “Starting Modestly”, Says Ballmer"

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/12/microsoft-surface-sales-starting-m...

Julie only "invented" the Tiles, not Metro. Also she was only lsst years at Sinofsky's side like many msny others. She's a designer, did not lead anything so far and now gets to command the central Windows devision.


Indeed...

This is very different than...

"Be that sales (which 75% of retailers say is on track, and 25% say is above expectations) or it as a whole."

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RE[3]: Also worth noting:
by cdude on Tue 13th Nov 2012 17:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Also worth noting:"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Some more:

"Windows RT Already in Trouble: OEM Interest Low After Surface Launch"

http://www.tech-thoughts.net/2012/11/windows-rt-in-trouble-oems-sur...

"Microsoft Surface RT: The Sad Treadmill Of Overhyped Expectations"

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/01/microsoft-surface-rt-the-sad-tread...

The WP7 story repeats with RT and WP8. Microsoft seems to need to learn the hard way that there asset, the reason why Windows desktop sold so good all this years, is the 3th party win32 ecosystem that was build up over decades where they had zero serious competition. They depend on and are stuck on win32.

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/APIWar.html

Edited 2012-11-13 17:50 UTC

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RE[3]: Also worth noting:
by ze_jerkface on Tue 13th Nov 2012 17:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Also worth noting:"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

These statements are meaningless without actual numbers.

We do know that pre-release install rates were low
http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-8-has-five-times-less-pre-releas...

You don't release a product that half the public immediately hates. Freaking stupid.

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