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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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RE: Time to fix the OS
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 5:30:45 PM , Rating: 0
Outside of hardware makers who write crap kernel mode drivers which can bring down a system (hardly Microsoft's fault), these operating systems are extremely stable.

It is Microsoft's fault. Start a windows certification program and do not sell their OS to anyone running uncertified software. Do not allow crap drivers to be installed.

RE: Time to fix the OS
By Gungel on 11/13/2012 5:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
Don't buy cheap hardware with crappy drivers and you won't have any issues with Windows 7.

RE: Time to fix the OS
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 6:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately even expensive laptops have issues with bad drivers.
If Microsoft made their own preimium laptops like they did with the Surface tablets, they'd have a good chance to compete with Apple in the $1K+ space.

RE: Time to fix the OS
By Gungel on 11/13/2012 9:13:50 PM , Rating: 3
What brand name Notebooks have problems with Windows 7? I have bought many notebooks and desktops with Windows 7 on it but have yet to see a BSOD cause by drivers.

RE: Time to fix the OS
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 10:42:51 PM , Rating: 1
Ones that come with crappy AMD switchable graphics or some other manufacturers who make their driver page so obscure. I have personally experienced crap like this from Sony and Toshiba.

I am completely against having hardware and OS from different vendors. You end up with crap. That's why I'm against any Android phone except for Nexus and any Windows device not manufactured by Microsoft themselves. OS should be nothing more than firmware.

RE: Time to fix the OS
By ClownPuncher on 11/13/2012 5:44:16 PM , Rating: 2
We want two Apple's?

RE: Time to fix the OS
By corduroygt on 11/13/2012 7:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, so we won't have to choose apple to buy something that just works without being dependent on multiple vendors.

RE: Time to fix the OS
By ClownPuncher on 11/14/2012 2:34:27 PM , Rating: 2
Over all of the hardware and software configs I've run in the last several years, I've maybe had a single driver issue among them.

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