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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RE: Sinofsky and Forstall should go make their own company!
11/14/2012 12:17:29 PM
On the contrary, if your grandma can chat, copy/paste,find a terminal, you can easily guide her... Explaining steps over GUI... Good luck with that.
If a software comes bundled with all requirements, you are good on windows. Otherwise, you have to hunt for required packages. With aptitude, dependence list is shipped and automatically installs when you are installing parent program.
RE: Sinofsky and Forstall should go make their own company!
11/22/2012 6:14:31 AM
Why should grandma even have to know a terminal exists? Why should grandma need me to explain how to set up drivers for that new wutzit video card she will be playing Diablo 3 on
(oh wait, you can't play that on Linux... my bad)
? In the Windows world she pops in the viddy card and windows will search for a driver for it. If it cant find one it asks her for the driver CD/DVD and continues once she pops it in.
Does Linux do that? Hell I couldn't even get some linux distros to understand my 2x brand new ATI GT 7970 viddy cards in crossfire and Asus Xonar sound card. Lol, heaven forbid you run an older distro a year or two old.
Try and get Grandma to do that!!
Talk her thru it? Yeah, right. (grandma loves playing Skyrim on crossfire & 5.1 THX sound)
By the time you can play her Diablo 3 on linux, I'm afraid grandma will be long gone...
Back on topic: So Sinofski is responsible for that travesty called Windows 8 that he foisted off on us? If I were Balmer I would have turfed that jackass before he could do his damage.
In order to make Windows 8 work the way I want it to, I have to use customization programs to get that "Metro" interface out of my face. Still can't do anything to get the Aero theme + 'blur' transparency back. The current theme with its bland graphics sux donkey balls.
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