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Microsoft's Windows lead exec, Steven Sinofsky leaves the company, effective immediately

Windows lead Steven Sinofsky has just walked out of the doors of Microsoft

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

This can't be good - Microsoft's long-time employed executive and Windows lead, Steven Sinofsky, has just left the company, effective immediately. Julie Larson-Green, who currently is the Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface guru will step into his shoes for most duties, heading up all Windows development, including hardware "opportunities" such as Surface.


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CFO and CMO Tami Reller will steer the pure business and marketing sides of Windows. The Redmond-based company has refused to comment on Sinofsky's shock exit, with AllThingsD reporting that there were "growing tensions" between Sinofsky and other execs.


Windows-based writer Paul Thurrott has gotten his mits on a copy of Sinofsky's e-mail, which hints toward reason for his departure. He portrays it as the outcome of some post-launch reflection, and a chance to "seek new opportunities" based on his experience.


Sinofsky backs it up by saying his departure from MS is a personal decision, and not the result of an internal mix around. The sudden exit, as he claims, is to help make "space" for his new replacements.


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