Marketplace has a new podcast for kids, "Million Bazillion!" EPISODE OUT NOW

Windows 8 boss exits Microsoft in surprising shake-up

David Brancaccio Nov 13, 2012
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Windows 8 boss exits Microsoft in surprising shake-up

David Brancaccio Nov 13, 2012
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Software giant Microsoft is shaking up its leadership team. Steven Sinofsky, who was president of Microsoft’s flagship product Windows, is leaving the company. His departure comes as a surprise, less than one month after the release of Windows 8. 

The exit was apparently a “mutual” decision by Sinofsky and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, though some Microsoft watchers say Sinofsky had become a polarizing figure. A 23-year veteran of the company, Sinofksy won kudos early in his career for rescuing Microsoft from the rocky launch of Windows Vista, replacing it with Windows 7. Now the big question is what Sinofsky’s departure says about sales of Windows 8.
 

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.