Bill Gates Agreed with Ballmer: Sinofsky Had to Go
November 13, 2012 2:43 PM
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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
, 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.
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When will Microsoft Release XPS = XP Super
11/13/2012 3:51:04 PM
The simple things like being able to right click on a network drive, or folder and search based on file size or date modified, the massive investment corporations and people made in becoming highly proficient in the XP GUI and tools. Why do they keep hiding the core stuff in new menus, sub-menus and behind stuff. Just use all the kernel improvements and offer the full XP GUI and full backwards compatibility to XP applications. If Microsoft were actually listening to the actual needs of corporations and not just their own "vision" of the future, they could build their brand based off of "satisfied user experience". There is a huge client base that would adopt XPS, or perhaps SXP = super XP, in a heart beat and be eternally grateful, and thus building loyalty, helping corporations leverage their existing competencies and extending the brand value of XP for years to come. Maybe SXP would be for corporations and power users only. I hope these guys really start listening, because I here the same thing from so many in the IT world. We want the best of XP and more. Don't keep changing the shape of the steering wheel, moving the tachometer, replacing the stick shift with an automatic. Every time a new OS comes out we have to retrain thousands of employees and even then, with things like the search assistant and not being able to right click and search or right click and launch Windows Explorer, many great features are ripped out of the OS and WHY????? MY VOTE IS IS FOR SXP!!!! or even XPS!
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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