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Windows head Sinofsky to leave Microsoft

SHAKE-UP:The man who oversaw the development of Microsoft Office had been at the company for decades and his exit comes as the company overhauls its products

AP, REDMOND, Washington

Steven Sinofsky holds a Surface tablet with skateboard wheels at a Microsoft Windows 8 launch in New York on Oct. 25.

Photo: Reuters

Microsoft Corp has announced that Steven Sinofsky, the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations, is leaving the company.

Sinofsky’s departure comes just weeks after the Redmond, Washington-based software company launched Windows 8, which represented a major overhaul of its ubiquitous computer operating system.

Company veteran Julie Larson-Green has been promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering, Microsoft said on Monday. Tami Reller will take over responsibility for the Windows business while retaining her posts as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer.

The company did not say why Sinofsky is leaving.

In a statement, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expressed gratitude for Sinofsky’s contribution to the company.

He indicated the need for the company to further integrate its array of offerings, which in addition to Windows includes services such as Bing, Skype, Xbox and a new tablet computer, as it begins what he called “a new era at Microsoft.”

Ballmer said “it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings.”

The launch of Windows 8 last month heralded the biggest change to the industry’s dominant operating system in at least 17 years. It attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast growing tablets with its touch enabled interface.

Sinofsky joined Microsoft as a software design engineer in 1989. Before heading the Windows division, his work included overseeing the development of Microsoft Office products.

Larson-Green has been with Microsoft since 1993. She was responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as well as development of all international releases for Windows 7 and Windows 8, Microsoft said.

In her new role, she will be responsible for all future Windows product development, in addition to overseeing future hardware projects.

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