The move comes less than a month after Sinofsky presided over the
launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft’s Surface tablet–products seen
as key to the future if the PC software pioneer is to retain its
position amid a market increasingly dominated by phones and
Sources have said the move came amid growing tension between
Sinofsky and other top executives. Sinofsky, though seen as highly
talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team
player that the company was looking for. The move is likened by
some to the recent ouster at Apple of iOS head Scott Forstall.
How many heads are left to roll before we get to Ballmer’s? I’m thinking none.
Update: But of course now, if and when the board finally does can Ballmer, who takes over? Sinofsky and Ray Ozzie are gone, and Gates presumably isn’t interested in coming back. I really thought Sinofsky was Microsoft’s next CEO.
★ Monday, 12 November 2012