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November 12, 2012

Steven Sinofsky out as Microsoft Windows head honcho

Posted by David Hunter at 10:00 PM ET.

Breaking: Windows Head Steven Sinofsky to Leave Microsoft

Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company, effective immediately, AllThingsD has confirmed.

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 tablets.

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.

Sinofsky has been widely reputed to have an abrasive personality for years, so one really has to wonder at the proximate cause of his departure. Still, team player or not, Sinofsky has to get credit for the Microsoft recovery from the Vista debacle with Windows 7.

The official press release is even more opaque as expected, but here’s the new leadership:

Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller retains her roles as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility for the business of Windows. Both executives will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.



Filed under Executives, Julie Larson-Green, Steve Ballmer, Steven Sinofsky, Tami Reller

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September 14, 2012

Ballmer "goes Oprah" with Microsoft Employee Meeting Goodies

Posted by David Hunter at 1:20 AM ET.

All Microsoft Employees To Get New Surface Tablets, Windows 8 Phones and PCs

At Microsoft‘s annual employee meeting, held today in Seattle, Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft will be giving all 90,000+ employees what some are calling the “Oprah treatment” – a new Surface RT tablet to use at home and work , a new work PC with Windows (employees can choose between desktops, laptops, ultrabooks and tablets) and a Windows Phone 8 device to use at home and work.



Filed under Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

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January 10, 2011

Microsoft Server and Tools boss Bob Muglia pushed out?

Posted by David Hunter at 2:44 PM ET.

Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools business is out and it looks like he has been pushed:

Bob Muglia, head of servers and tools, is leaving Microsoft this summer.

In a memo to employees, Steve Ballmer says he’s conducting a search internally and externally for a replacement.

He also says, "I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB," which makes it seem like he’s tossing Muglia.

Server and tools is Microsoft’s third biggest businesses. It generated $4 billion in revenue last quarter.

Click through for the full text of Ballmer’s memo but here’s the pertinent clip:

The best time to think about change is when you are in a position of strength, and that’s where we are today with STB – leading the server business, successful with our developer tools, and poised to lead the rapidly emerging cloud future. Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles. Bob has been a phenomenal partner throughout this process, and he and his leadership team have the right strategy in place.

In conjunction with this leadership change, Bob has decided to leave Microsoft this summer.

Sounds like he was definitely pushed. I have often said that Server and Tools gets no respect at Microsoft while it has built success after success in a much more competitive environment than that facing the other Microsoft cash cows of Windows (client) and Office and this is apparently just more of the same. One surely has to wonder what Ballmer is thinking since there are numerous other areas in Microsoft that could really use a shakeup. Anyhow, Muglia gets to run the operation until a new leader is found and then bring him/her onboard before departing.



Filed under Bob Muglia, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, OS - Server, Steve Ballmer, Tools

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October 20, 2010

Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie Leaving Microsoft

Posted by David Hunter at 2:54 PM ET.

Steve Ballmer has announced that Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is leaving and that his post will not be filled.

With our progress in services and the cloud now full speed ahead in all aspects of our business, Ray and I are announcing today Ray’s intention to step down from his role as chief software architect. He will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization – bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business.

Woody Leonhard at Infoworld says "Ray Ozzie’s leaving Microsoft: What took him so long?" and Joe Wilcox opines that the problem was that Ozzie really wasn’t one of Steve Ballmer’s boys. Take the money and run, Ray – there are lots of places where you can do interesting technical work.



Filed under Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

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