On Nov. 12, Office 365 provider Microsoft (News - Alert) revealed to the media what appeared to be unexpected news: Steven Sinofsky, former president of the Windows Division at the company from July 2009, has left the company.
The news made by Microsoft to let Sinofsky go and replace him with another key player from the Office team, Julie Larson-Green has some consumers asking why this happened so soon after the company rolled out the Windows 8 operating system.
There are reports that say power struggles led to the abrupt exit of Steven Sinofsky. Others speculate there were differences between the CEO, Steve Ballmer (News - Alert) and the ex-software chief about Microsoft’s future versions of Windows.
Could the reinvention of the new OS, Windows 8 (said to be the biggest revamp in nearly two decades) and failure to impress consumers and investors explain the reasoning behind the dismissal of Sinofsky? Or was this the result of the CEO’s push for the company to be steered in a new direction and the former chief of the Windows team was not onboard?
With these questions left unanswered, Sinofsky’s departure was said to be a mutual decision with both parties (him and Microsoft) in agreement; no other statements were made from either of them about the resignation, but Sinofsky did convey he was ready to seek "new opportunities."
The public may never know the truth for the quick decision to change the Windows Division leadership. What everyone does know at present is that, effective immediately, Julie Larson-Green became Sinofsky's successor. She is to assume control of Windows software and hardware engineering.
Even though Microsoft has put an end to Sinofsky's 23-year career at the company, he did receive lots of recognition for all his hard work. During his time at Microsoft, from 1989 to his departure date, Sinofsky was one of the company’s software design engineers that oversaw the developments of the Microsoft Office suite; and as president of the Windows division he oversaw the developments of two Windows operating systems including Windows 7 and Windows 8. He also helped to introduce the Microsoft Surface tablet on Oct. 25.
With the change in managemenet, CEO Steve Ballmer assures consumers and investors that Julie Larson-Green, who is a 19-year Microsoft veteran having been with Microsoft since 1993, will do a fine job in her new position to directly lead software product developments. As current president of Windows and Windows Live, on her agenda now is the public release of the new generation of Microsoft's popular Office productivity suite, Office 2013, which is said to become available for general purchase at some point during the first quarter of next year, in addition to the Web apps for Office 365.
Consumers and investors alike are likely to see the technology giant continue to persuade consumers to purchase or upgrade their Windows platforms as a result of today’s emergence of mobile devices and the need for a touch screen interface. Also, they can expect the CEO and new software chief to work on cloud computing tools to enhance business productivity.
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