In one big shakeup of roles at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky is leaving the, effective immediately — he was the former leader of the Windows diviosn, and oversaw development of Windows 8. Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface veteran Julie Larson-Green will be taking on most of his duties by heading up all Windows development, including hardware “opportunities” like Surface; whilst CFO and CMO Tami Reller will take on pure business and marketing sectors of the Windows platform.
Sinofsky commented on his departure:
“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.”
This comes as a continued surprise, with Microsoft shuffling around internally much like Apple has in the past few months. Whoa.