Microsoft has announced that Windows president Steven Sinofsky has left the company. The news comes less than a month after the release of Windows 8. He oversaw the development of the Surface Tablet and Windows 8 and worked at the company for 23 years.
Julie Larson-Green, the corporate vice president, will be leading all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller, the chief financial and marketing officer, will now lead the Windows business practices. Larson-Green and Reller will both directly report to CEO Steve Ballmer.
"I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. 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."
"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," wrote Sinofsky in an email sent o employees obtained by CNET.