SOFTWARE SOAP OPERA Microsoft has parted ways with Steven Sinofsky, its president of Windows and Windows Live.
He is leaving the company abruptly with immediate effect, and will leave a Sinofsky shaped hole in a lot of Microsoft departments.
The outgoing executive had some nice words to say on his way out the door, but this is a shock announcement.
"It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company," said Sinofsky.
Julie Larson-Green has been promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering teams, and CFO Tami Reller will assume responsibility for the Windows business. Both will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.
"I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company," said Ballmer. "The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."
It is barely a month since Sinofsky launched Windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft and one that he said signalled a new era for the firm.
No reason has been given for the exit. µ