Top Windows executive is out at Microsoft

The man who helped usher Microsoft Corp.‘s (NASDAQ: MSFT) ubiquitous Windows operating system (OS) into a new era, and who just recently oversaw the launch of Windows 8, has left the Redmond, Was.-based software giant.

Microsoft announced late yesterday that Steven Sinofsky, a 22-year veteran and most recently president of Microsoft’s Windows/Windows Live Division, has left the company. The reasons for his departure were not disclosed. According to a report from CRN, Microsoft will promote two executives to fill Sinofsky’s role. Julie Larson-Greene will lead the Windows software and hardware engineering efforts, and Tami Reller will handle the business of Windows.

“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,” said Sinofsky in a Microsoft statement.

Late last month, Microsoft debuted Windows 8 at a launch event in New York City. It was a major departure for Microsoft, which redesigned the OS to put touch at the heart of the user interface, and offer the same Windows experience across tablets, smartphones and desktops. With Sinofsky at the helm, Microsoft placed a big bet that the user experience is moving away from the desktop. Now he’ll watch from the outside to see if the play pays off.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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