Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving Microsoft, effective immediately. The surprise announcement came just weeks after the launch of the Windows 8 operating system, and is reportedly due to growing tension between Sinofsky and other executives, reports AllThingsD.

Sinofsky has been in Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) for more than 20 years, and is credited with developing Windows 7 before embarking on the radical overhaul that was Windows 8. Oversight of the Windows division will be divided between Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller, two of his deputies. Both of them will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Officially, Microsoft says it is a mutual decision by Sinofsky and the company. In a press release, Ballmer praised the work that Sinofsky contributed to the company. "The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. We've built an incredible foundation with new releases of Microsoft Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Server 2012 and 'Halo 4,' and great integration of services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox across all our products."

Ballmer also talked about the need for more regular software releases by the company: "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."

On his part, Sinofsky wrote: "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."

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