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Windows boss leaves Microsoft weeks after Windows 8 launch

Microsoft has ditched Steven Sinofsky, the man in charge of Windows, less than a month after Windows 8 launched.

Microsoft has ditched the man in charge of Windows, less than a month after Windows 8 launched. Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live, is about to have a lot of time on his hands to practise his golf swing.

Saying goodbye to Sinofsky, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer highlighted the big strides the company has made lately, including new Microsoft Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, the Surface tablet, and Halo 4.

"The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft," he says. Although he thanked Sinofsky for his years of hard work, Ballmer continues, "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."

Sinofsky has been number one Windows wallah since Vista launched, steering Windows 7 and Windows 8 onto your computer. All Things D reports tension between Sinofsky and other Microsoft chiefs, while Windows 8 and Surface performance have been less than stellar.

As Sinofsky heads into the sunset, Julie Larson-Green takes over all Windows software and hardware. His replacement on the business side of Windows is Tami Reller, who is already chief financial officer and chief marketing officer. Three jobs! I barely have time to check Facebook every fifteen minutes and sneak off for another cup of coffee, and I only have one job.

It's not the first high-profile personnel reshuffle in the past couple of weeks: Apple parted company with software bod Scott Forstall last month, leaving design guru Jonny Ive in charge of all Apple design.

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