Bill Gates backed Ballmer on letting Sinofsky walk

Yesterday the Windows world was rocked when it was announced that Steven Sinofsky would leave the company. Apparently Bill Gates agreed with Steve Ballmer’s decision to let Sinofsky walk in a similar move to Scott Forstall’s leaving Apple. The consensus seems to be that Sinofsky was a hindrance to cooperation within the company’s various departments, which is a problem when Windows 8 is designed to be integrated into all of Microsoft’s current offerings, including Xbox and Windows Phone. According to AllThingsD, both Ballmer and Gates want “various units [to] work together more closely going forward.”

Consolidation seems to be the name of the game at Microsoft these days.

[via BGR]