Having joined Microsoft back in 1989 as a software engineer before being named head of Windows in 2009, Sinofsky’s hasty exit is reportedly mutual yet comes just weeks after Windows 8, tipped as the company’s most ambitious project, was launched to a mixed reception.
"It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft," Sinofsky said in a statement announcing his departure. "I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company."
Speaking on Sinofsky’s exit, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said: "I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company.
He added: "The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."
The flagship device for the new Windows 8 platform, the Microsoft Surface tablet was released in recent weeks to varying verdicts and a flurry of stock shortages that have dramatically affected opening month sales. Although having failed to confirm exact Microsoft Surface sales figures, Ballmer recently stated that the iPad rival had sold “modestly” since its October 26 release, a term that hardly instils confidence in the device’s uptake.
Following Steven Sinofsky’s departure, Microsoft has confirmed that Julie Larson-Green, the current Corporate Vice President of Program Management for the Windows Client will take over the vacated role of head of Windows.
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Via: Sky News