Steven Sinofsky has been the President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft since July 2009. His reign has now officially ended and he is to be replaced by Microsoft veterans Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller. As President of Windows and Windows Live, Sinofsky was responsible for a good number of Microsoft’s major products and services, such as Windows, Microsoft Office, Outlook.com, and Skydrive.
Why Sinofsky is leaving Microsoft after the launch of a major new operating system, we don’t really know. While AllThingsD is reporting Sinofsky is leaving due to “growing tension” with other Microsoft executives, a leaked internal e-mails has Sinofsky claiming it is a personal decision of his because he wants to “seek new opportunities”.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, doesn’t disagree with Sinofsky on the circumstances in Sinofsky’s departure, but Ballmer’s official statement is the usual corporate brouhaha — such as how Microsoft is grateful for Sinofsky’s services over the years, how Microsoft has great product offerings, etc. — so what Ballmer says should be taken with a grain of salt.
Could this is an omen for Windows 8?