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Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft 417

Posted by timothy
from the sinofsky's-all-haiku-now dept.
CWmike writes with this excerpt from Computerworld: "Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and the driving force behind the new OS, is leaving the company effective immediately, Microsoft announced late Monday. Sinofsky was also the public face for Windows 8 and its new Metro interface, posting constant updates in a Windows 8 blog that charted its development. His last post, fittingly, was entitled 'Updating Windows 8 for General Availability.' The OS was officially launched at the end of last month. According to the All Things D blog, there was growing tension between Sinofsky and other members of the Microsoft executive team, who didn't see him as enough of a team player. But Microsoft's official position is that the decision was a mutual one. Sinofsky had only good things to say about his former employer." Also at SlashCloud.
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Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

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  • Rats. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:46AM (#41966579)


  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:47AM (#41966583)

    chair hit you on the way out! Seriously, DUCK!

  • Amazing (Score:5, Funny)

    by Swampash (1131503) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:54AM (#41966677)

    ...how once people get described as "a potential successor to Steve Ballmer" they mysteriously disappear...

  • Re:Rats. (Score:5, Funny)

    by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:54AM (#41966681)
    Uff, took me whole five seconds to get it. I first thought that "Rats, ship!" was a command to the troops!
  • Re:Rats. (Score:5, Funny)

    by jkrise (535370) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:57AM (#41966715) Journal

    Actually, it appears the rats (Ballmer and co.) are holding on to the sinking ship and driving the cats away....the ship will sink faster that way.

  • by OzPeter (195038) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:58AM (#41966725)

    Scott Forstall denied that he and Steven Sinofsky are forming a secret club with the aim of ".. getting back at all those people who just don't know any better and need to told how things should be done...".
    It's rumored that the first meeting will be held in a tree-house in the back yard of Scott's mothers' house, and that "no girls or software company executives will be allowed", and pizza and soft drinks may be delivered.

  • by tgd (2822) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:05AM (#41966789)

    ... hired by Apple and Google, to completely destroy Windows 8 and any chance of entering the mobile market.

    Or - at least that's a hilariously plausible conspiracy theory. I'm going to pretend to believe it.

    If you want to make it a plausible conspiracy theory, you need to say that he was an Templar plant put into Microsoft to take down Windows NT so OS/2 could win in the marketplace. OS/2 was definitely preferred by secret societies everywhere. When that plan failed he was left as a deep mole. When the Templar put Jobs back into power at Apple, to get mind-control audio technology out to the masses, they thought they had finally succeeded in global domination. But the rise of the superior Windows 8 represented a threat to the Templar control, so they awoke their deep sleeper agent. However, Ballmer (a long-line descendent of assassins) caught him in his nefarious acts and after scaling building 34, and throwing a few chairs, he made it clear that he had to go.

    I suspect this will not be the end of the story ...

  • Re:Rats. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:06AM (#41966793)

    Uff, took me whole five seconds to get it. I first thought that "Rats, ship!" was a command to the troops!

    Well, that's actually how Windows 8 got released!

  • by arth1 (260657) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:11AM (#41966865) Homepage Journal

    Actually no, since Microsoft let Sinofsky go and put in charge the woman directly responsable for the metro interface.

    It could have been worse. They could have put the woman [wikipedia.org] directly responsible for the Microsoft Bob [wikipedia.org] interface in charge.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:29AM (#41967023)

    They also tend to care about their customers a hair more than M.S. ever has.

    *cough* *cough* MAPS *cough* *cough*

  • Re:Rats. (Score:5, Funny)

    by moronoxyd (1000371) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @12:02PM (#41968273)

    Desktop Linux is finally starting to look like it is making some traction

    Next year will be the year of Linux on the desktop!


    The downfall of Windows and the rise of Linux has been foretold many many times. I don't hold my breath.

I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by 4 o'clock. -- Henny Youngman