Steven Sinofsky who was the executive in charge of hot Microsoft products like Office, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Surface is going to leave Microsoft according to inside sources. Sinofsky has been working at Microsoft for about 23 years, and will be replaced by Julie Larson-Green, who is a Microsoft veteran as well. At this point, we do not know the reason why Steven Sinofsky has resigned, but it seems that the decision was his, and it was accepted by Microsoft’s CEO Steve Balmer who broke the news to the employees in writing.
This will come as a shock to those who believed that Sinofsky was instrumental in the success of Windows 7 and Windows 8 after the cold reception that Windows Vista got. Although he has a great track record, Steven Sinofsky was allegedly not liked by everyone in the executive team, and that may have limited his career opportunities going forward: potentially replacing Steve Balmer one day.
We have met Julie Larson-Green during the preview of Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress and her own track record is impressive as well as she was internally recognized by her company with an Outstanding Technical Leadership for her user interface work but she does not shy away from crediting her team for their contribution. Larson-Green now leads Windows and hardware at Microsoft.
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