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Microsoft head of Windows departs company, two executives promoted to replace him

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 13, 2012.

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Microsoft today announced that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky, the man who debuted Windows 8 and the Surface tablet this year, has left the company. Microsoft has promoted Julie Larson-Green to become the new leader of all Windows software and hardware engineering, and expanded CFO and CMO Tami Reller's duties to include managing the Windows business.

The reason for Sinofsky's departure is not clear, but the departed executive wrote in an email to employees that he has decided to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Though speculation suggests that Sinofsky left Microsoft because he wanted to be named CEO Steve Ballmer's eventual successor, Sinofsky preemptively says that those suggestions are not accurate. Sinofsky wrote in the email:

"Some might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing. I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read?about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership."

Microsoft says that its executive change is effective immediately, so today marks the first day of the Windows era with Larson-Green at the helm. Larson-Green has worked at Microsoft since 1993 and has made her mark on user experience in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and user interface design and research for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Obviously, her ascension in the ranks at Microsoft will have no immediate affect on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, but future updates may have feature upgrades and tweaks reflective of Larson-Green's decision-making.

source: Microsoft, via: Win Supersite

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