Steven Sinofsky named President of Windows division

Microsoft today released a press statement stating that Steven Sinofsky has been named President of the Windows division. He now assumes responsibility of the Windows business unit including both the engineering and marketing functions for Windows, Windows Live, and Internet Explorer.

"Steven Sinofsky has demonstrated the ability to lead large teams that deliver great products. The work he and the team have done in getting ready to ship Windows 7 really defines how to develop and ship world-class software." said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

This comes as Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Windows 7 and is getting ready to release the RTM. "Windows 7 is receiving terrific feedback from customers, partners, analysts alike, and the entire Windows team has done a great job." wrote Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an internal email to employees announcing Sinofsky's promotion.

There has also been some other exec reshuffles at Microsoft reports Tech Flash. Bill Veghte, the senior vice president in charge of Windows sales and marketing, "will take a new leadership role in the company to be announced later this year.", says Ballmer. Tami Reller, currently the chief financial officer for the Windows Division, will take on the additional responsibility for marketing.

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TruckWEB said,
He is also the guy behind the very poor beta experience that we (beta testers) had. With only 2 build to test overall and everything closed as "Fixed in another build" that we never got or the famous "Won't fix" or "By Design".

And it's also the first Windows Beta that got so many leaks, enough to make beta testers truly useless.

So, I can only assume that with Steven, it's probably going to be the end of the Beta Testing Program.

Again something I completely agree with. How is it that we got 2 builds and yet 20 (?) leaked to the net?

Windows 7 hasn't reached RTM yet, theres plenty of time for them to add any last minute fluff like icons, wallpapers, screensavers, etc. All of which require no testing and can be pumped in at the last minute.

a) It isn't RTM as mentioned
b) The icons are hardly the biggest issue going. In fact most are fine. I'm sure the "head honcho" went out of his way to lie to you.

Smigit said,
a) It isn't RTM as mentioned
b) The icons are hardly the biggest issue going. In fact most are fine. I'm sure the "head honcho" went out of his way to lie to you.

So you'd rather have a lying president than an honest president? I would've liked a "Sorry we're not going to add any more because we only changed ones that looked stupid and out of place in vista" than a "We're not quite done with every visual detail". Whatever. If i see new stuff in the RTM i'll drop it.

Of course I dont want people to be outright lyeing, but at the same time people should use some common sense and not hand off EVERY word that comes out of peoples mouths. If he went around listing 2000 features that never came sure, but for something as small as icons, which for the most part have been updated in recent years with Vista or Win 7, then theres really no need to execute the person over it.

Who says it was a lie? It may yet happen or it may have been taken off the roadmap. He is only human. It's like people who get upset over the fact that a person in power might let out a cuss word when they get burnt by a hot cup of coffee at starbucks.

Jimmy422 said,

So you'd rather have a lying president than an honest president? I would've liked a "Sorry we're not going to add any more because we only changed ones that looked stupid and out of place in vista" than a "We're not quite done with every visual detail". Whatever. If i see new stuff in the RTM i'll drop it.

So if you were president, you would rather reply to millions of e-mails and requests than think about important things which can help make the product better for millions of people.

Jimmy422 said,
Pfft, he told me we'd see new icons in Windows 7 before RTM and that never happened.


I'm not really sure I said that. Perhaps there was just a misunderstanding. I was pretty up on what was comming and I am pretty sure I would not have promised something I know was not in the plan.

--Steven

Hmm, Are you the Real Steven? If so, we in the TechBeta program would very much appreciate a frank and honest discussion with you about the changes you have implemented in the way the Tech Beta program is run. There are alot of us who feel very under utilised having only two builds to work on.

TCLN Ryster said,
Hmm, Are you the Real Steven? If so, we in the TechBeta program would very much appreciate a frank and honest discussion with you about the changes you have implemented in the way the Tech Beta program is run. There are alot of us who feel very under utilised having only two builds to work on.


He joined today so no. I doubt it.

So does the Windows division include Windows Mobile in any way? They really need to organize and give that division it's due attention. We need something better than Windows 7 on the devices.

Good on him. This guy is just true talent, I can tell he works crazy hours, he even takes time to e-mail me back. I find it interesting how he can manage such large teams of management, it's definitely not easy to coordinate so many people on such a large engineering project.

After vista debacle and bad PR in tech community of Vista, it must have been a difficult job to deliver such a fantastic version of Windows and show promise to users .A really well deserved promotion in my opinion and I'm literally happy after all the immense work which has gone into building Windows 7 and as well as Office 2007.

I would expect more improvements in coming future by using quality products in his vision.Congrats once again for this great achievement and performance.

Let me get this straight...

Sinofsky is now the PRESIDENT of Windows.

He brought CHANGE to the development process of the OS.

And because of this there seems to be HOPE that Microsoft will have a decent product again.


Interesting...

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