Less than a month after the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface tablet, Steven Sinofsky is no longer the President of the Windows Division of the Redmond tech company. It is being reported that the catalyst for Sinofsky’s departure was growing tension between him and other top executives in the company. From the Microsoft press release:
“Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky will be leaving the company and that Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller retains her roles as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility for the business of Windows. Both executives will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.”
Sinofsky started with Microsoft in 1989 as a software design engineer. Before becoming the President of the Windows division in 2009, Sinofsky was the overseer of Microsoft’s Office products.