Steven Sinofsky

Windows 8 chief Steven Sinofsky quits Microsoft

Windows 8 executive Steven Sinofsky has unexpectedly resigned from his top job as Windows president at Microsoft, after only three years in the role and two weeks after launching the Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft has confirmed that Sinofsky’s position will now be split into two ‘expanded’ roles, with Julie Larson-Green responsible for Windows software and hardware engineering, while CFO Tami Reller will be taking over the business side of Windows.

No reason has been given for Sinofsky’s sudden departure, but rumours suggest the reason lies with him not being considered a team player at Microsoft, although he worked at the company for some 20 years. Another reason given is growing friction at the very top of the company.

If we are to believe Sinofsky himself, he is simply moving on to do other things now that Windows 8 and Surface RT have both been launched.

In an email to all Microsoft employees sent Monday and leaked on the Internet, he allegedly stated that he “always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too”. 

He went on to say that he is leaving Microsoft to “seek new opportunities that build on these experiences”.

“My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines,” he continued.

He also specifically stated that it is a "personal and private choice" to leave the company.

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