Sinofsky once again pegged as successor to Ballmer

Steven Sinofsky will have a very busy day on Wednesday. Of course, that's the day that Microsoft is scheduled to launch the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 to the masses. Sinofsky runs the Windows division at Microsoft and a new article suggests that if Windows 8 is as big of a hit as Microsoft hopes, it puts Sinofsky in position to eventually take over as Microsoft's head man.

Reuters reports that according to Frank Artale of the venture capital group Ignition (founded by former Microsoft executives), Sinofsky has both  "the tech chops" and the "panache and showmanship" to take over from current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Sinofsky joined Microsoft in 1989 and later became the technical assistant to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Sinofsky later lead the Microsoft Office team and helped to successfully ship Office 2003 and Office 2007. He then joined the Windows team in 2006 and took over as its leader in 2009.

Sinofsky has since cut the number of managers between him and the the most junior member of the Windows team from seven to around three or four which some say has helped to streamline Windows 8's development.

Critics of Sinofsky, including an unnamed former Microsoft executive, claim that Sinofsky doesn't have the mind of Gates or the analytical features of Ballmer. However, most agree that if Windows 8 is successful, Sinofsky will be in position to become the obvious next leader of Microsoft.

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This is an interesting idea but I do wonder if Sinofsky can get more done where he is right now; a CEO inevitably has to be less hands-on, and the ideas Sinofsky and his team have been working on are already having a big influence on Microsoft's future.

I also don't hold that Ballmer is incompetent since during his time we've seen several big successes, with Metro and Windows 8 potentially being the biggest one yet.

Arkose said,
This is an interesting idea but I do wonder if Sinofsky can get more done where he is right now; a CEO inevitably has to be less hands-on, and the ideas Sinofsky and his team have been working on are already having a big influence on Microsoft's future.

I also don't hold that Ballmer is incompetent since during his time we've seen several big successes, with Metro and Windows 8 potentially being the biggest one yet.


Mocking starts from the shareholders. I remember one shareholder saying that the share price has gone low since he took over. However, the same shareholder bought more ms shares later on in that month.

linxeye182 said,
Ribbon man at the head of MSFT ? My god. Anyway we all know Windows 8 won't be successful. Will it be ?

I dont think the ribbon was his idea. Even if it was, it affected the entire company.

lunarworks said,
The Windows division had 7 layers of management?

Wow.

Vista was even worse. Practically every line of code had to go through many hands, up to the top level where it was finally approved.

Well, of course. Sinofsky looks intelligent. Ballmer looks a hillbilly or more like Al Bundy. What do you expect from a goon like him.

Saex_Conroy said,
Well, of course. Sinofsky looks intelligent. Ballmer looks a hillbilly or more like Al Bundy. What do you expect from a goon like him.

a sweaty one too...

neufuse said,
and if Windows 8 is a flop?

Are some ideas good? This is a subjective question and it is measured only by the end result.
AKA if its bad he will be mocked, if its good a lot of people will be kissing his balls

dotf said,
....

That's a big Just Kidding.

Sinofsky isn't afraid to stand up for change, something rarely seen within the belly of the 800lb gorilla, or however that goes.

remixedcat said,
Ballmer should retire and buy himself some deodorant.

He's going to invest in some heat sinks for his armpits. Water cooling with leaky reservoir just isn't fashionable.

Enron said,

He's going to invest in some heat sinks for his armpits. Water cooling with leaky reservoir just isn't fashionable.

watercooled pits LMAO XD

He sure will be a brilliant CEO.. but im just thinking. Like ballmer gave this flexibility to Sinofsky to work on radical ideas and bring them to their most stable OS. I dont think anybody else at MS wouldve.. Not even Sinofsky himself.

I don't think anyone other than those whom work high up in MS (and therefore see first hand over a period of time what attributes people have in day-to-day operations & if they possesses the kind of "nature" & skill set required to be a CEO etc) can really comment on whether or not Sinofky would be a good company leader.

All you can do is make judgements based upon financial reporting & how much confidence a board of directors publicly state for an individual...

Ballmer is not getting (from what we publicly see anyway) what happened to the HP guy Meg has replaced - which leads me to believe Ballmer will be there for some time, unless he offers to step down for any reason.

Having personally had reciprocal email communication with Ballmer on numerous occasions, I can state that he is a professional, pleasant, intelligent chap whom takes his job very seriously and is pretty committed to ensuring MS looks after clients in the right way.

Please also bear in mind it is not solely a CEO's responsibility to ensure a company's success. it filters all the way from top to bottom of an organisation.

I'm betting he'll be the next CEO too and you know what? I'll welcome him. He's fantastic at what he does now and he'll be a fantastic CEO.

I dislike Sinofsky as manager.
I like Ballmer at what he does best. Run a company extremely good.
Microsoft is whole better while sticking to its routes with Ballmer.
People mock him for his expressions but the truth is Ballmer has skyrocketed Microsoft.
Respect.

manosdoc said,
I dislike Sinofsky as manager.
I like Ballmer at what he does best. Run a company extremely good.
Microsoft is whole better while sticking to its routes with Ballmer.
People mock him for his expressions but the truth is Ballmer has skyrocketed Microsoft.
Respect.

In most other companies Ballmer would long since have been sacked for gross incompetence, he's let Microsoft's share price flatline for a decade and he's lets Microsoft be caught off guard against the internet, mobile and tablet revolutions.

Everything that Sinofsky touched at Microsoft has improved dramatically. It's like he turns stuff into gold.
Office 2007, Windows Live Wave 3 & 4, Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7....

FalseAgent said,
Everything that Sinofsky touched at Microsoft has improved dramatically. It's like he turns stuff into gold.
Office 2007, Windows Live Wave 3 & 4, Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7....

...Windows 8...I'll be surprised!

FalseAgent said,
Everything that Sinofsky touched at Microsoft has improved dramatically. It's like he turns stuff into gold.
Office 2007, Windows Live Wave 3 & 4, Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7....

Sinofsky didn't touch IE9; you can thank Hachamovitch (who took over when MS decided IE6 wouldn't be the last IE version) for that.

FalseAgent said,
Everything that Sinofsky touched at Microsoft has improved dramatically. It's like he turns stuff into gold.
Office 2007, Windows Live Wave 3 & 4, Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7....

If Windows 8 is a success, he follow ballmer......

TechieXP said,

Since we all agree with the agree, and thus we don't disagree where we agree, lets all just agree...agreed?!

I concur.

TechieXP said,

Since we all agree with the agree, and thus we don't disagree where we agree, lets all just agree...agreed?!

I concur.