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Steven Sinofksy responds to some exit rumours

Ex Windows guy explains all
Thu Nov 15 2012, 12:51

EX MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE Steven Sinofsky has responded to a blog post about his departure with a little explanation and clarification.

Sinofsky left Microsoft earlier this week, three months after launching Windows 8, the operating system for which he led development.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer praised him but hinted at the need for a more cohesive development environment at Microsoft. Ballmer said, "It is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."

Among the many responses to Sinofsky's departure from Microsoft is a blog at the website run by Hal Berenson, president of consulting business True Mountain Group. Berenson, also an ex-Microsoft employee, speculated on the exit, suggesting that it wasn't all Sinofsky's decision.

"Steven had apparently lost recent battles to bring both Windows Phone and the Developer Division under his control. I suspect that he saw those loses both as a roadblock to where he wanted to take Windows over the next few years, and a clear indication that his political power within Microsoft had peaked," he wrote.

"At the very point where he should have been able to ask for, and receive, almost anything as reward for his proven success he got slapped down. And so he chose to leave."

Sinofsky took the time to respond to this, saying that it was not the case.

"I never initiated any discussions to bring together the organizations/products you describe and no one ever approached me to manage them as part of Windows 7 or 8," he said.

"If we had worked together you would know that historically, very few things moved into teams I managed as (you've no doubt seen in internal blogs) and when they did I usually pushed back hard looking for a cross-group way to achieve the goal (in other words, decide open issues rather than force an org change to subsequently decide something)."

Sinofsky added that "it is far better to collaborate" within the organisation and "avoid the disruption". µ


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