Steven Sinofsky Leave Microsoft Effective Immediately, Farewell Letter

Microsoft's head of the Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, left the Redmond company with effective immediately came as surprise-- the reason is not yet known, however, Microsoft claims there are no hard feelings between Sinofsky and the other executives and the decision is usual.For the record, Microsoft's press release says nothing about any "mutual decision", only […]

Microsoft's head of the Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, left the Redmond company with effective immediately came as surprise-- the reason is not yet known, however, Microsoft claims there are no hard feelings between Sinofsky and the other executives and the decision is usual.

For the record, Microsoft's press release says nothing about any "mutual decision", only saying that Sinofsky "leaving the company," and Windows executives Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller take expanded roles.

"I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company. The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft.... To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in the press.

"It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company," Sinofsky said.

Business Insider, citing a source familiar with the matter, report that "Sinofsky left Microsoft because he wanted Steve Ballmer's job."

In other news, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, told Al Arabiya that Microsoft's vision had changed in the last few years and delivering newer and better solutions on a regular basis is a top priority.

"When you step back and look at the Microsoft company today in a very tight windows of about six to eight months; we are basically reimagining, relaunching, and putting back into market," he said.

Microsoft also named the country where the software piracy affecting Microsoft's products the most --"Indonesia."

In a statement, Microsoft Indonesia CEO, Andreas Diantoro, said that "97 percent of the local computers run the Windows operating system but sadly, 86 percent of them are actually relying on a pirated version."

"Out of the total 5 million computers sold in Indonesia in 2012, only 550,000 actually come with a paid license, while 4.3 million use a counterfeited version of the operating system," Diantoro added.

"Only 11 percent are original users," was quoted as saying by tempointeractive.

Below is the Ballmer's letter to all employees explaining the recent leadership changes:

Over the past few months we have delivered the foundation for a new era for Microsoft. From Office to Bing to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, to Xbox and of course Windows and Surface and everything in between, we've unleashed a huge wave of devices and services that people and businesses love. I simply couldn't be more proud of the effort you have all put in to get us here and to set the foundation for our future. At the Windows launch in New York, at the Windows Phone event in San Francisco, and again at the Build event on Redmond campus, I was struck that while externally many people look at these events as the finish line, they really represent the starting line of a new era.

As we enter this new era, and with the successful launch of Windows 8 and Surface behind us, Steven Sinofsky has decided to leave the company. Steven joined Microsoft in 1989 as a software development engineer and has contributed to the company in many ways from his work as a technical advisor to Bill Gates, to leading the evolution of the Microsoft Office business, to his direction and successful leadership of Windows and Windows Live as well as Surface. I am grateful for the work that Steven has delivered in his time at our company. Effective immediately, Julie Larson-Green will lead Windows engineering. She will be responsible for all product development for Windows and Windows Live, in addition to Surface. Julie has been a stalwart leader of building compelling "experiences" from her time on Internet Explorer, through the evolution of Office and most recently to the re-imagination of Windows. Her unique product and innovation perspective and proven ability to effectively collaborate and drive a cross company agenda will serve us well as she takes on this new leadership role. All of the current Windows engineering teams will report into Julie, and Julie will report to me.

Tami Reller will lead business and marketing strategy for Windows including Surface and partner devices. She will provide broad stewardship to our PC marketing efforts while managing the line business functions for Windows. Her work on Windows since 2007 has been exemplary and her strong talents in working with internal groups and partners will also serve us well. Tami also will report to me.

We are facing a time of great opportunity. What we have accomplished over the past few years is nothing short of amazing, and I know we have more amazing in us. I am excited about our people, I am energized by our ability to change and grow, and I look forward to the success which lies ahead. Thank you for all you do, and please join me in congratulating our new leadership and celebrating all that we have accomplished so far.

Steve

Sinofsky also posted a goodbye letter to Microsoft employees:

From: Steven Sinofsky
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:42 PM
To: Microsoft - All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: RE: Windows Leadership Changes

With the general availability of Windows 8/RT and Surface, I have decided it is time for me to take a step back from my responsibilities at Microsoft. I've always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too.

After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines.

The Windows team, in partnerships across all of Microsoft and our industry, just completed products and services introducing a new era of Windows computing. It is an incredible experience to be part of a generational change in a unique product like Windows, one accomplished with an undeniable elegance. Building on Windows, Surface excels in design and utility for a new era of PCs. With the Store, Internet Explorer, Outlook.com, SkyDrive and more, each of which lead the way, this experience is connected to amazing cloud services.

It is inspiring to think of these efforts making their way into the hands of Microsoft's next billion customers. We can reflect on this project as a remarkable achievement for each of us and for the team. Our work is not done, such is the world of technology, and so much more is in store for customers.

It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company. I am beyond grateful.

I have always promised myself when the right time came for me to change course, I would be brief, unlike one of my infamous short blog posts, and strive to be less memorable than the products and teams with which I have been proudly and humbly associated. The brevity of this announcement is simply a feature.

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.

As I've always believed in making space for new leaders as quickly as possible, this announcement is effective immediately and I will assist however needed with the transition.

I am super excited for what the future holds for the team and Microsoft.

With my deepest appreciation,

Steven Sinofsky

Sent from Surface RT