Back in 2012 you might recall that Steven Sinofsky, who at that time was the executive at Microsoft in charge of products like Office, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Surface, was leaving the company reportedly due to Steve Ballmer’s refusal to appoint him as a potential successor. While Sinofsky now teaches at Harvard, it seems that Microsoft has recently made a legal request to the US SEC where they basically listed some of the companies that Sinofsky will not be allowed to work, at least until the end of 2013. According to the SEC filing, the companies Sinofsky will not be allowed to work at include Amazon, Apple, EMC, Facebook, Google, Oracle, and VMWare, none of which are surprising given that they are all of Microsoft’s competitors not just in the mobile space, but in hardware and software as well. It is expected that Sinofsky will adhere to these “rules” if he wishes to receive the promised $14 million retirement package from Microsoft, but come 2014 it will definitely be interesting to see where he ends up.
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