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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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By tecknurd on 11/14/2012 5:53:01 PM , Rating: 2
Windows does have its moments of faults. Install a program like Adobe Flash plug-in can be a nightmare. Computer manufactures usually have it installed, but I found cases that it does not work. So it is best to uninstall it and download it from a reputable source. Well this not easy to do over the phone. Also using remote desktop can work, but that may not be easy to get it to work. The end result is best to work on that system in person to fix the issue.

There are other times that installing Windows programs are foreign. Why does a program need "something .NET" to be installed first and then the main program. Windows can be just as foreign to install programs like it is in Linux. I am a semi-software developer, I know why .NET is required for some programs, but other people does not.

Pre-compiled distributions are the worst way to try Linux. These type of distributions make sure the user does it the distribution way, but it may not be the correct way or safer way. There is no way to be certain that you are downloading a package from a reputable source. I have used Ubuntu and Linux Mint which show the worst of Linux multiple times. They make using proprietary drivers harder to use compared to other distributions like Gentoo. Also they do not correctly manage proprietary OpenGL libraries. They instead over write Xorg OpenGL libraries with the proprietary OpenGL libraries. Gentoo manages OpenGL libraries by separating them, so you can select which ones to use.

When I built my new computer last month and installed Linux, I did not have to configure anything from the command line. I installed Calculate Linux (a ready-made Gentoo based distribution). Setting up my network printer was easy through CUPS web interface. CUPS web interface is far more easier than setting up printers in Windows especially network printers. The time it took me to answer the questions that the Calculate Linux installer asked is about the same time to install Windows. After it booted in Linux, everything worked. I had to adjust sound card settings using alsamixer. There is a GUI program that comes with Xfce that acts like alsamixer, but I did not use that. I did install PulseAudio because I wanted more control for programs handling my sound card. The install process was straight forward from the gentoo-portage.org wiki page for installing and setting up PulseAudio. Then I got back doing what I stop an hour before, so I Linux gives me more time for other things that are non-computer related compared to Windows.

Linux does have GUI tools, but few distributions have it. Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, and Linux Mint has them. I think Linux Mint GUI tools are better because it has a an app-like store for installing applications.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates














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