Steven Sinofsky denies he wanted more control at Microsoft

It's been a couple of days since Microsoft announced that the head of its Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, had decided to leave the company. There's been lots of speculation about what might have caused him to leave Microsoft, which he joined in 1989 and later helped to lead the teams behind Windows 7, Windows 8 and the Surface tablet.

Now it appears that Sinofsky has decided to deny a recent rumor that he wanted more control of certain divisions at Microsoft before his departure. The rumors came from the blog of Hal Berenson, a former Microsoft team member who now heads up True Mountain Group. In a post called "Live Long and Prosper, SteveSi," Berenson claims:

Steven had apparently lost recent battles to bring both Windows Phone and the Developer Division under his control.  I suspect that he saw those loses both as a roadblock to where he wanted to take Windows over the next few years, and a clear indication that his political power within Microsoft had peaked.

Sinofsky apparently read the blog post and decided to give a personal response. He stated:

Hal. Hey there, I find myself feeling to offer some insight — relative to what you say above, I never initiated any discussions to bring together the organizations/products you describe and no one ever approached me to manage them as part of Windows 7 or 8.

Sinofsky has also been using his Twitter account since he left Monday to express gratitude to the many people who have commented on his departure from Microsoft. One general message said, "Thank you. Reading all of these and #humbled and and [sic] #blessed."

Source: Hal's (Im)Perfect Vision | Image via Microsoft

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SharpGreen said,
Seriously? Do you really think he'd admit it if it was true?

SteveSi? He wouldn't take the time to address it and claim it as false if it were true. It would be a waste of his time.

He's not the type of guy who likes wasting time.

SharpGreen said,
Seriously? Do you really think he'd admit it if it was true?

I, for one, think the guy should be given some space. If you haven't been in this space before you haven't a clue. Wait a week and the Twooth will come out.

SharpGreen said,
Seriously? Do you really think he'd admit it if it was true?
Does it even matter? The first guy has no facts to back up his statement and Steven openly said he was wrong. Who you going to believe. yes would Steven tell you all the facts? It doesn't matter because he doesn't ever have to disclose anything. The fact he doesn't want to say anything bad about the company he left speaks volumes.

Stop instigating!!!

Raa said,

Halo 4 doesn't run on Windows.

no...it runs on xbox..
just because he designs windows os doesn't mean he doesn't have an xbox.

Hey wait a minute. If the Windows Division had power over the Windows Phone Division, that might make sense with or without Sinofsky.

First dose of Metro will never adopt at a fast rate because most people are too stupid to adapt. People FLOCKED to Windows 7 because of supposed issues that made them steer clear of Vista. I have a feeling people will do the same with Windows 9 even though it will still be Metro styled.

DarkyDan said,
First dose of Metro will never adopt at a fast rate because most people are too stupid to adapt. People FLOCKED to Windows 7 because of supposed issues that made them steer clear of Vista. I have a feeling people will do the same with Windows 9 even though it will still be Metro styled.

Yeah people are too "stupid" to adapt, that's what it is, it's gotta be!!

DarkyDan said,
First dose of Metro will never adopt at a fast rate because most people are too stupid to adapt. People FLOCKED to Windows 7 because of supposed issues that made them steer clear of Vista. I have a feeling people will do the same with Windows 9 even though it will still be Metro styled.

by the same token, millions and millions of ex-windows users who took the giant leap to adapt & switch to apple mac os x and ios are actually geniuses. i guess most neowinian fanboys are the "left behinds". oh i get it now.

Albert said,

by the same token, millions and millions of ex-windows users who took the giant leap to adapt & switch to apple mac os x and ios are actually geniuses. i guess most neowinian fanboys are the "left behinds". oh i get it now.

Millions and millions huh? Meanwhile Windows 7 sold about 350 million copies in 6 months and Windows 8 will most likely approach 10 million by Dec. I guess Apple fanboys are the "not in the race" crowd.

DarkyDan said,
First dose of Metro will never adopt at a fast rate because most people are too stupid to adapt. People FLOCKED to Windows 7 because of supposed issues that made them steer clear of Vista. I have a feeling people will do the same with Windows 9 even though it will still be Metro styled.

MS said "jump" and you response "how high?".
Changes are good ONLY if they are solicited. Unsolicited (and mostly hated) changes are not good.

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