Former Windows head Steven Sinofsky to teach at Harvard

Steven Sinofsky, who abruptly left Microsoft a month ago after heading up the Windows division for several years, has now found a new gig to occupy his time. He used his Twitter account today to announce he would be teaching classes at Harvard Business School in Massachusetts sometime later this spring.

 

In a answer to a question posed by another Twitter user, Sinofsky said he would be talking about "product development" during his classes. He also said he would "write stuff" for the school and linked to two previous articles he co-authored in the late 1990s for Harvard. One of them went into detail on the decision making process behind developing Microsoft Office, and the other was a more general article on how businesses can conduct a postmortem program.

Sinofsky has been active on his Twitter page since leaving Microsoft in November, just a few weeks after the company launched Windows 8. There has been much debate and rumors on why Sinofsky left without any warning, and many still believe he was forced out by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Source: Steven Sinofsky on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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mutualcore said,
Sinofsky turned around Office & Windows. Windows 7 is the best selling OS of all time. I'd say he can.

Indeed. Naturally my School of Rock quote was intended to be taken entirely seriously.

Both Office and Windows have always been MS cash cows; Sinofsky always delivered on time this is true, but it is also the reason why Outlook in Office 2007 did not get the "Ribbon" and we had to wait till Office 2010 to get it...

mattm591 said,

Indeed. Naturally my School of Rock quote was intended to be taken entirely seriously.

Oh-em-jee, it's so cute that you think that's from School of Rock.

Well he's not wrong.
It was said in that movie.

Whether it was the origin of the quote is irrelevant because he was using it for comical purposes.

LLTC said,
Well he's not wrong.
It was said in that movie.

Whether it was the origin of the quote is irrelevant because he was using it for comical purposes.


I think you should go back and re-read the thread. He didn't mention that it was a School of Rock quote until after he was called on it, and he did so defensively, as if to say it was obviously a joke *because* it was a School of Rock quote.

My post was to trivialize his defense, because anyone who was conscious more than ten years ago had already encountered the line from other sources, and 99% of people would never, ever associate that film with that quote.

So uh, irrelevant? No. But thanks for prompting me to clarify something that the order of the posts should've taken care of for you.

Given that I used to work for him (not directly), and from one exchange I had with him, I can assure you that he is no idiot. Eccentric? Very much so. He has been delivering product on time ever since Office. He did what Brian Valentine couldn't.

Enron said,
Should I feel bad because I have no idea what School of Rock is?

No. It doesn't make you as cool as, say, never seeing a single DiCaprio movie, but it's still a +1.

mutualcore said,
Sinofsky turned around Office & Windows. Windows 7 is the best selling OS of all time. I'd say he can.

Windows 7 was other people work, it was basically complete when he came onboard the Windows team, Windows 8 (the failure) is his.

This is a university, the name would be something like this...
Methodical processes and development of structured-compartmentalized communication.

Focuses on developing an expertise in alienating co-workers while stiffing technological advancements.

Edited by ahinson, Dec 19 2012, 8:19pm :

I'd love to take whatever course he offers. It really is MSFT's loss as they head back to the pre-Sinofsky days of total paralysis, endless delays, overpromise and under deliver, and epic engineering disasters like vista.

Because Windows XP was an abysmal failure? No. It was probably one of the most successful and enduring version of Windows to date.

ahinson said,
Because Windows XP was an abysmal failure? No. It was probably one of the most successful and enduring version of Windows to date.

No, sounds like he's talking about Longhorn.

XP was a piece of crap when I first used it, in fact XP was only usable after Service Pack 2, which actually introduced a decent dashboard for connecting to wireless networks.

neonspark said,
I'd love to take whatever course he offers. It really is MSFT's loss as they head back to the pre-Sinofsky days of total paralysis, endless delays, overpromise and under deliver, and epic engineering disasters like vista.

I agree wholeheartedly. There aren't many products that are successful without a person with an agenda or a polarizing figure at the top IMO.

My point was that, the same group that was responsible for Vista also created XP. Hence the comment regarding XP.

Regardless of what anyone says about XP being bad until SP2 came along. That's fine, that doesn't take away from the fact that an OS from 2002 was available for sale for 8-9 years -- regardless of service packs.

Pwned.
From to be the Head of Windows to be an (expensive) nanny of spoiled brats. I don't think that it is a step ahead.

May be, he is not so capable. Usually, when a VIP is cut then, he decide to create a own company.

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