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Julie Larson-Green Replacing Sinofsky as Head of Windows
« on: November 13, 2012, 01:16:52 AM »
Lots of fast-breaking news on this change!  I'll capture a few here.

Official Announcement:  Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products

Windows Chief Sinofsky Leaving Microsoft -
Steven Sinofsky, the leader of Microsoft‘s Windows business, is leaving the company, just weeks after the company released the biggest overhaul in decades of its flagship product.

Microsoft described the departure of Mr. Sinfosky, a 23-year veteran of the company, as a mutual decision by Mr. Sinofsky and Steven A. Ballmer, the chief executive of the company. Julie Larson-Green, another Microsoft veteran in its Windows division, will take over the leadership of all engineering responsibilities related to Windows. Tami Reller, the chief financial officer of the Windows division, will run business and marketing for the group.

Who is Julie Larson-Green? Meet the new head of Windows | ZDNet

Julie Larson-Green has been Corporate Vice President, Program Management, Windows Client. Larson-Green is no stranger to Windows: She has had between 1,200 and 1,400 program managers, researchers, content managers and other members of the Windows team reporting to her.


Microsoft "discovered" Larson-Green after a few Softies attended a talk she gave comparing Microsoft compilers to Borland compilers and asked her to run a Visual C++ focus group for the company. In 1993, she ended up landing a job on the Visual C++ team, where focused on the integrated development environment. She moved to the Internet Explorer team (where she worked on the user experience for IE 3.0 and 4.0) and then, in 1997, to the Office team to work on FrontPage, where she got her first group program manager job. She also did a stint on the SharePoint Team Services team, back when SharePoint was known as "Office.Net."

Larson-Green subsequently led user interface design for Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007.

Mini-Microsoft: A Microsoft Without Sinofsky?

Steve Ballmer’s Memo on the Windows Unit Shake-Up - Ina Fried - News - AllThingsD

Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft - Computerworld
Microsoft didn't say why Sinofsky left. In a statement, CEO Steve Ballmer thanked him for his work and added, somewhat ambiguously, that the company must "continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."

According to the All Things D blog, there was growing tension between Sinofsky and other members of the Microsoft executive team, who didn't see him as enough of a team player. But Microsoft's official position is that the decision was a mutual one.

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