Microsoft, former Windows head Sinofsky agree to $14.2 million retirement package

Steven Sinofsky may have left Microsoft in November with little to no warning, but the former leader of the Windows team apparently still had to work out a final retirement agreement with his past employer. Today, Microsoft revealed the details of Sinofsky's compensation for leading the development of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft said Sinofsky will be granted the "value of his outstanding unvested stock awards granted prior to fiscal year 2013 and 50 percent of the shares of stock awarded for his performance during fiscal year 2013." The total amount of shares he will receive is 418,361, which currently is worth about $14.2 million. Sinofsky won't get that amount all at once; Microsoft will give him the shares over a period of time that will end in August 2016.

In return, Sinofsky agrees to not take any new job offers "at certain competitors" until after Dec. 31, 2013. Since his abrupt departure from Microsoft, Sinofsky has been spending time teaching at Harvard and has launched a blog, Learning by Shipping, where he has written a number of lengthy posts about how to manage the release of technology-themed products.

Source: SEC via The Verge

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Lets remember Allchin was responsible for the dodgy ie video that the DoJ tore to shreds and Vista - he ain't no hero. Sinofsky picked up those pieces along with Bill Veghte and delivered on Win7. Seems Sinofsky got Win8 out the door but alienated every other group in the process - hence no outlook rt client until this point.

rigorous and ruthless but no messiah!

TogoP said,
Lets remember Allchin was responsible for the dodgy ie video that the DoJ tore to shreds and Vista - he ain't no hero. Sinofsky picked up those pieces along with Bill Veghte and delivered on Win7. Seems Sinofsky got Win8 out the door but alienated every other group in the process - hence no outlook rt client until this point.

rigorous and ruthless but no messiah!

Windows 7 is just Vista with some cleaning up. Vista took all the heat while all the device manufactures figured out how to make drivers for the new driver model. Drivers were stable before 7 came out and 7 just used that same driver model, benefiting hugely without taking any of the blame for the rough patch getting there.

I find it astounding that one man can be responsible for both arguably the best (win7) and one of the worst versions of windows (8). Mental.

RossDundas said,
I find it astounding that one man can be responsible for both arguably the best (win7) and one of the worst versions of windows (8). Mental.

The foundation for W7 were laid down by Jim Allchin and Vista...

Fritzly said,

The foundation for W7 were laid down by Jim Allchin and Vista...

Exactly, Windows 7 is not more than a proper Vista SP1.

RossDundas said,
I find it astounding that one man can be responsible for both arguably the best (win7) and one of the worst versions of windows (8). Mental.

its not only the worst version of windows....for apple fans , its also their worst nightmare

JHBrown said,
Hopes he takes that money and attends some GUI classes!

Err, Steven has never been a UI designer. There's an entire team lead by guys like Sam Moreau responsible for that (along with the Program Management team, lead previously by Julie and in particular Jensen Harris on the UEX side of things).

What a douche bag. Idiot gets paid for jacking up the Windows OS side of the house and gets paid big bucks.

"oh hello.. since you aren't worth a damn, here's 14.2 million slated for investor dividends just for being a monumental bonehead."

Since he was gone before 8.1, the new idiot in charge isn't showing anything better.

chrisj1968 said,
What a douche bag. Idiot gets paid for jacking up the Windows OS side of the house and gets paid big bucks.

"oh hello.. since you aren't worth a damn, here's 14.2 million slated for investor dividends just for being a monumental bonehead."

Since he was gone before 8.1, the new idiot in charge isn't showing anything better.

Why would she? Seeing as she is the one who was in charge of the original design to begin with? Not that there is anything wrong with it IMO.

chrisj1968 said,
What a douche bag. Idiot gets paid for jacking up the Windows OS side of the house and gets paid big bucks.

"oh hello.. since you aren't worth a damn, here's 14.2 million slated for investor dividends just for being a monumental bonehead."

Since he was gone before 8.1, the new idiot in charge isn't showing anything better.

Sinofsky was a huge loss for the company and I credit him with saving Windows and the future of Microsoft. Fortunately a lot of people learned a lot from him (of course they will continue to learn without him, but his contributions can't be understated).

Brandon Live said,

Sinofsky was a huge loss for the company and I credit him with saving Windows and the future of Microsoft. Fortunately a lot of people learned a lot from him (of course they will continue to learn without him, but his contributions can't be understated).

The big loss for MS was Jim Allchin, not this wannabe Napoleon.... Said Carly Fiorina, who destroyed HP, got an even bigger check...

SharpGreen said,
Why would she? Seeing as she is the one who was in charge of the original design to begin with? Not that there is anything wrong with it IMO.

And in fairness I always got the impression that Steven was more of a low level technology focused guy with the user interface team lead by Julie Larson-Green who btw has no formal education in the field of computer science - she is a 'hacker' who bumps around hoping to find something useful to sell. Really, if there was a sacrificial lamb that should have been offered to the market gods it should have been Julie Larson-Green and her decision to make Metro the 'all singing, all dancing' GUI for touch and mouse/keyboard setups instead of leaving it for what it was good at - touch based devices such as phones, tablets etc.

Fritzly said,

The big loss for MS was Jim Allchin, not this wannabe Napoleon.... Said Carly Fiorina, who destroyed HP, got an even bigger check...


The same Jim Allchin who brought us Vista? No thanks. Sinofsky did a lot better with win8.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

And in fairness I always got the impression that Steven was more of a low level technology focused guy with the user interface team lead by Julie Larson-Green who btw has no formal education in the field of computer science - she is a 'hacker' who bumps around hoping to find something useful to sell. Really, if there was a sacrificial lamb that should have been offered to the market gods it should have been Julie Larson-Green and her decision to make Metro the 'all singing, all dancing' GUI for touch and mouse/keyboard setups instead of leaving it for what it was good at - touch based devices such as phones, tablets etc.


Actually she does have formal CS training in the form of a masters degree; surprising what you find when you actually look.

SharpGreen said,

The same Jim Allchin who brought us Vista? No thanks. Sinofsky did a lot better with win8.


Actually she does have formal CS training in the form of a masters degree; surprising what you find when you actually look.


Without Vista you would not have W8.... Not to mention the internal "ambushes" Jim had to dodge during the development.

SharpGreen said,
The same Jim Allchin who brought us Vista? No thanks. Sinofsky did a lot better with win8.

Actually she does have formal CS training in the form of a masters degree; surprising what you find when you actually look.

When I looked on Wikipedia the first time I didn't see it there - but the point still stands that even with her CS degree there is no guarantee on what her strengths are given that a CS degree can cover a multitude of areas within CS.

SharpGreen said,

The same Jim Allchin who brought us Vista? No thanks. Sinofsky did a lot better with win8.


Actually she does have formal CS training in the form of a masters degree; surprising what you find when you actually look.

Vista was a necessary stepping stone for 7 and 8. It was a huge overhaul of the OS, more so than 7. It introduced the new driver models which are hugely important: especially the new graphics driver model. Sure AMD and NVIDIA couldn't release a decent graphics driver for the first year Vista was out but they eventually did. It's just an evolution of the Vista driver model used in 7 and 8.

Oh what a tough life he'll lead; saving string, sell fruit on the side of the road and clipping coupons to save the few million he has left.

Nice package. He looks like cartoon though. Any company who even thinks to hire him will be a straight flop like windows 8

Except Win 8 isn't a flop. And Sinofsky also headed the development on Win 7. A fact people like you conveniently like to forget.

Auditor said,
Nice package. He looks like cartoon though. Any company who even thinks to hire him will be a straight flop like windows 8

Julie Larsen-Green should have been the person fired instead.

NoClipMode said,
Except Win 8 isn't a flop. And Sinofsky also headed the development on Win 7. A fact people like you conveniently like to forget.

Not to mention Microsoft Office earlier plus look at his credentials.

NoClipMode said,
Except Win 8 isn't a flop. And Sinofsky also headed the development on Win 7. A fact people like you conveniently like to forget.

Windows 8 is not a flop. However, Modern UI is a flop.

how about Orthy?
did he got #dealwithit deals from MS ?

anyway let see, Sinofsky, Orthy, Mattrick... and who next on the 'list'?