Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows, leaves Microsoft

What time is it? Shock o’clock. Microsoft has just put out a press release to announce that the head of Windows, Steven Sinofsky, has decided to leave the company. Sinsofsky was seen a lot recently at the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. Sinofsky had the following to say:

“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”

Sinofsky was responsible for taking over the reigns of Windows after a rocky launch with Vista. He has since helped make Windows 7 the most successful version of Windows, and kept a strong record of shipping products on time. Julie Larson-Gree and CFO Tami Reiler will take over his duties.

[via Microsoft]

  • Justin

    Thats too bad…He was a great guy :)

  • Tumultus

    He isn’t dead, you know! So, yeah, basically he is as “great” as he was before. :)

  • It sounds like, from a lot of other sources I’ve been seeing, he was part of the old Microsoft mindset, where he just wanted to focus on Windows and Surface. However, with Microsoft moving towards the “One Microsoft” idea/workflow, where their products and services are working together as a whole, it’s no real surprise he left. It was probably just a matter of time.

  • Microsoft has always been big on compartmentalization of teams. Maybe that’s changing now.