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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11/13/2012 8:34:21 PM
I love how you expanded on your argument, it was very enlightening. I have been delving a bit into chaos theory and other research including round table pbs discussions mentioning about feedback loops. I truly believe this feedback loop is a constant that pervades everything in the world and can be seen on infinite scales. There's much to be said about grouping as well and how this falls into the feedback patterns. I thin if people took more cue about these possibly universal truths, we would learn how to implement them in everything we do and create the most efficient system of communication.
11/14/2012 11:23:10 AM
Thanks, much appreciated!
I think it's helpful when we try to remain open to new and different ways of seeing and doing things. Thomas Kuhn talks about the idea of paradigm shifts (in science, but this can apply to anything, really) and how the old guard clings to the old, more established paradigm and that it takes time for a shift in thinking to occur, for the new paradigm to become accepted--like the shift from Newtonian Physics to Quantum Theory.
I also think it's important to remember that all systems of thought, scientific or otherwise, are just that: ideational structures that attempt to describe some portion of reality but don't, in and of themselves, constitute reality. So, what truth is the rational intellect, the scientific mind/method will never really know in entirety. Maybe. Ha!
11/14/2012 12:19:28 PM
Carefull with how you word that, your openness has left you open to the "crazy". heh.
The scientific method, which describes not just the process to test your own ideas but also the belief that something must be able to be tested and verified by others before it can be accepted is the core element that allows us to slowly devine the real rules the govern our shared "reality". The feedbacks of that system have been shown to work though sometimes not as fast or in the directions as some would like (quantum mechanics, climate change, evolution, etc.) or expect but the progress we have made is amazing.
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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