Windows President Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Microsoft's head of Windows and Windows Live departs – just after Windows 8 launch

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Windows 8 and Surface launches, Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky has departed the company.

It's a surprising move, given that Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface are the company's biggest releases for some years. However, The Verge reports that sources within Microsoft found Sinofsky "abrasive and off-putting," focusing on Windows and Surface to the exclusion of other Microsoft departments.

Sinofsky has addressed the rumours head-on in a letter to Microsoft employees published on Winsupersite.com, stating that, "Some might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing.  I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read—about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership."

Nevertheless, the situation is strikingly reminiscent of Scott Forstall's departure from Apple in the wake of iOS 6's launch.

Julie Larson Green, former Corporate Vice President, Program Management, Windows Client, will take over Sinofsky's role as Windows engineering.

Given that Microsoft is working to integrate its products more closely together through projects like SmartGlass and the rumoured Xbox Surface and Surface Phone, it seems likely that Redmond will use the opportunity of Sinofsky's departure to strengthen the ties between different divisions. Here's hoping that means a more connected, Apple-like experience from Microsoft products.

[via The Verge]

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