Sinofsky Out At Microsoft

November 12th, 2012

Steven Sinofsky is out at Microsoft. Dieter Bohn reports that protecting Windows at the expense of the rest of the company and personality clashes are the reasons why:

There had been persistent rumblings that the man who oversaw the launch of Windows 8 was in line for a larger role in the company, perhaps even as the heir to CEO Steve Ballmer. However, multiple sources within Microsoft describe Sinofsky as abrasive and off-putting, aggressively maintaining his control over products and putting up roadblocks for products that would have any potential to diminish the Windows (and therefore his) power — an attitude rumored to be shared by Apple’s recently-deposed iOS chief Scott Forstall.

Odd timing given the Surface RT release and Windows 8.