Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

Head  of Microsoft’s Windows division  Steven Sinofsky has tendered his resignation and is leaving the company effective immediately.  Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering.  No reason has been given at this time for Sinofsky’s departure.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says of Sinofsky, ““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. We’ve built an incredible foundation with new releases of Microsoft Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Server 2012 and ‘Halo 4,’ and great integration of services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox across all our products. 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.”

Sinofsky himself was equally as gracious in saying, ““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.”

One cannot help but wonder what kind, of any impact this sudden change will have on the
success and development of Microsoft’s new line of Windows 8 products, as Steven Sinofky was just as much the public face of the project as he was the driving force behind it.

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Pundit, policy wonk and new media trailblazer, Arthur Lindsey III has been talking politics for more than a decade. With a background in technology and a passion for politics, Art has made it possible to combine the two into a perfect blend of knowledge and opinion, which he is never shy to share. Acquiring a degree in broadcasting in 1997, Art foresaw the coming of Web 2.0, and co-created one of the first podcasting platforms, Blipmedia. Since then he has been delivering quality technological wisdom and political punditry on the web to thousands of listeners and subscribers. He began his Internet broadcasting career in 2000 with a Canadian outlet named Rantmedia, and within a decade, he was co-hosting “Rizwords” – a happy combination of both politics and new technology – with his creative partner Mark Hopkins, and garnering over 100,000 downloads every month. Other podcasts have come and gone over the years, including the popular “Out In Right Field,” an irreverent mix of conservative thought and pop culture. His work with Arts + Labs combines policy writing with tech consulting, from a user perspective. Net neutrality, cloud computing and intellectual property rights are just some of the areas Art covers.