Windows 8 Chief will leave Microsoft effective immediately [Merged]

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  1. jaw04005
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    Wow. Ballmer canned Sinofsky.

    "I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company,” CEO Steve Ballmer said. “The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. We’ve built an incredible foundation with new releases of Microsoft Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Server 2012 and ‘Halo 4,’ and great integration of services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox across all our products. 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.”

    http://allthingsd.com/20121112/breaking-windows-head-steven-sinofsky-to-leave-microsoft/

    Major shake ups at both tech giants this month.
     
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    Wow, that came out of no where
     
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    Bet he'll find a job in the competition, mainly Google, Oracle, or some other software company. Doubt Apple will pick him.
     
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    Microsoft had to can someone because Apple did. /chuckle
     
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    On the positive, I like his replacement Julie Larson-Green. She likes to experiment with UI's (responsible for Media Center, IE, Windows 8, etc).

    The most interesting part of the press release was this line ...

    "In her new role she will be responsible for all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware opportunities."

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/Nov12/11-12AnnouncementPR.aspx

    More info about her:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/julie-larson-green-microsoft-women-worth-watching/5658
     
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    Windows Media Center lady is in charge? Awesome.
     
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    I think she ran the team that did the UI.
     
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    And his replacement's claim to fame is introducing ribbon UI in Office. :eek: Good god I hate the ribbon.
     
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    The Windows chief at Microsoft. I think some would've argued the most important person at Microsoft.
     
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    Microsoft's doomed. It's official now.

    What a travesty.
     
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    What's wrong with the ribbon? It's pretty effective at what it does.
     
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    It is Ballmer who should be leaving. This is indeed sad news. :(
     
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    Guess I just liked my heavily customized toolbars. Oh and I has to learn new keyboard shortcuts. :p

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    Apparently Sinofsky was similar to Scott Forstall - very polarizing and put Windows above all else at MS. There were also rumors he helped kill the Courier project. Hmm...maybe J Allard will come back now.
     
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    Windows 8 boss & iOS boss both fired!!

    Wow!
    Steven Sinofsky (Windows lead) has just left the company.
    And Scott Forstall (iOS lead) has been given the boot.

    Both "CEO's in waiting" and hot-headed executives.
    Perhaps they can swap companies and we'll all meet somewhere in the middle with realistic looking window tiles on screen.


    So what is next for both companies? Big changes ahead?
     
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    I'm very sure the "boss" & the "head of a department" are 2 very different posts. Both of head of software departments in their respective companies. Steven wasn't fired effectively, he left "in a mutual agreement". Please do not jump into your own conclusions about such matter, it's spastic.

    And do you honestly & truly expect forumers here to predict what will happen in 2 major companies after one person got fired??
     
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    Perhaps on a business card... but if you worked on iOS, Scott was your boss, and Tim Cook the boss of him.

    Um... yes.
    I think predictions and conclusion jumping is kinda the idea of a rumors forum.


    I'm sorry if you did not wish to participate.
     
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    How does this relate to Scott Forstall... I think it's more related to Betrand Serlet. :rolleyes:
     
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    Serlet left on good terms with Apple. He's welcome back if he wants I think.

    He was even at the last keynote in the 2nd. Row.
     
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    Forstall may have deserved it for the maps fiasco. I feel Sinofsky has done a good job modernizing Windows. As with everything there is probably more to this than what meets the eye.
     
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    Ballmer should have left years ago, I actually like some of the stuff MS has brought to the table in recent times.
     
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