Steven Sinofsky, head of Windows at Microsoft and widely speculated candidate for the CEO position, will be leaving the company.
The move, which comes just two weeks after the launch of Windows 8/Windows RT, sees the 23-year veteran of the company leave amid reports of conflict between Sinofsky and other executives but both CEO Steve Ballmer and Sinofsky himself have said that the departure is by mutual agreement.
Sinofsky said in a memo to Microsoft employees that “After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines. ”
He also added “Some might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing. I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read–about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership.”
“As I’ve always believed in making space for new leaders as quickly as possible, this announcement is effective immediately and I will assist however needed with the transition.”
Source: The Guardian