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Ballmer and Gates recognized that Microsoft needs to be more united internally across different divisions, and that change would be difficult with Sinofsky around

It turns out that Microsoft software head Steven Sinofsky's departure wasn't so sudden, and none other than Bill Gates was onboard with the decision. 

Sinofsky, former president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live division, announced that he was leaving the company yesterday after a little over 23 years with the tech giant. It was reported as a "sudden" move that no one expected, but new details behind the departure show that the decision was contemplated for a while and even backed by Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates. 

While Sinofsky was seen as a brilliant figure at Microsoft, his downfall was that he didn't get along with others within the company. He was notorious for picking fights with other executives, including current CEO Steve Ballmer, and even pushed former executives like chief software architect Ray Ozzie to quit. 

Sinofsky was key to the development of Windows 8, which was released October 26 and features an entirely new look and feel from the traditional Windows experience. However, Ballmer recognized that Microsoft needs to be more united internally across different divisions, and that change would be difficult with Sinofsky around. 

Typically, in other company disputes, Ballmer and Gates would back up Sinofsky. But that doesn't seem to be the case this time around. Microsoft is looking to change and integrate teams across various units within the company. Ballmer saw Sinofsky as an obstacle to getting to that point, and with Gates' support, decided to part ways with Sinofsky. 

All Things Digital heard rumors about Sinofsky's departure over the last few weeks, both from inside and outside of Microsoft's walls. 

While the decision to part ways with Sinofsky was a good thing in terms of moving Microsoft in a new direction, it also means the loss of a great mind that had a strong handle on Microsoft's software and innovation. Sinofsky may not be a team player, but he was great at what he did. Losing that sort of creativity and completely revamping the inner dynamic of how Microsoft's teams work will not be an easy task. 

Julie Larson-Green, who has worked with Microsoft since 1993, is replacing Sinofsky. She played a key role in program management, and UI design/research for Windows 7 and Windows 8. So we'll see if Larson-Green can stand up to the challenge and fill Sinofsky's shoes while complying with the new integrated direction Microsoft is looking to take. 

Sinofsky's leave is eerily similar to that of the recently departed Scott Forstall, Apple's former VP of iOS Software. Forstall was let go in late October after 15 years with Apple due to recent issues with iOS 6's maps and his tendency to not get along with other Apple execs. 

Source: AllThingsD

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For Those Win8 Start Button Folks...
By Sazabi19 on 11/13/2012 3:03:24 PM , Rating: 0

There is now a program it looks like that will get us our Start menu back :). windows8startbutton dot com and the cnet review above should explain it all. It is a free download, I have not used it but was just forwarded the link by a friend. I was with most of you who hated Win8 but got a copy to try (seriously $40...) and it is now on my main gaming rig. Not HORRIBLE like I thought initially (even after using RC for months) but I have to say I still HATE Metro and my lack of Start button. With saying that I also want to say I have learned to navigate without it. I never use my Start screen accept to click on Desktop. This new 8 Start button seems to also add some features, check it out if you are interested. This is not a plug, I am merely trying to help you guys out.

RE: For Those Win8 Start Button Folks...
By Arsynic on 11/13/12, Rating: -1
RE: For Those Win8 Start Button Folks...
By Sazabi19 on 11/13/2012 3:22:02 PM , Rating: 1
My comment wasn't about him being fired over the Start button. If you read my comment I stated I do get along without my Start button but find it easier (or was the in an email to a coworker?) to have 1. My initial post was to inform people that there is now an alternative if that was the only reason they didn't go to 8. Don't get offended at me trying to point out something helpful to everyone, just makes you look like a butthurt apologist.

By kleinma on 11/13/2012 4:47:30 PM , Rating: 1
Something helpful to everone would be the explaination as to why the old start menu is not needed and has no place in the new version of Windows, unless you want to use the new version of Windows like Windows 95, then it makes sense.

By Arsynic on 11/14/2012 8:57:13 AM , Rating: 1
The fact that you brought it up in an article that had nothing to do with it sure makes it seem that way.

By FastEddieLB on 11/21/2012 2:54:38 PM , Rating: 2
I have dual monitors and running Windows 8 on my system with them was a pain in the ass. The start button being brought back is nice, but it doesn't fix the rest of the problems the UI has with my particular setup.

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