One of the higher ups at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky, who until today had been working as head of Windows, with a 23 year career at the software giant, has left. No explanation has been given for the changing of the guard, with Sinofsky’s place taken by Julie Larson-Green.
While Microsoft and Sinofsky have yet to comment on the move, it’s speculated that it could be to do with poor early sales of Windows 8 and/or Microsoft’s Surface tablet, both of which were released just a few days ago.
A letter circulating among Microsoft employees from CEO Steve Ballmer does address the leaving however. It states:
“Over the past few months we have delivered the foundation for a new era for Microsoft,” he said (via The Verge). “From Office to Bing to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, to Xbox and of course Windows and Surface and everything in between, we’ve unleashed a huge wave of devices and services that people and businesses love.
“We are facing a time of great opportunity. What we have accomplished over the past few years is nothing short of amazing, and I know we have more amazing in us. I am excited about our people, I am energized by our ability to change and grow, and I look forward to the success which lies ahead.”
Typical positive spiel. Regardless of the internal pat on the back, it’ll be interesting to see how this affects Windows 8 and Surface.