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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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Being a windows user since windows 3.0 and had participated in many Microsoft beta testing invites, I will just tell you this..

I prefer public beta's where you can discuss freely everything and not being behind NDA's all the time and it worked for seven, just look at some posts over at seven blog..

I fail to see how leaks effect the testers? They can still stick to the builds they were given.

As for the famous "won't fix" or "by design", that will happen with any project, especially one of this scale. Either the bug isn't deemed worthy of a fix or they want something to function other than a few people think it should. Sure, some times they slip up but some beta testers seem to complain whenever their case gets logged as "by design" as if they feel their idea is an absolute solution and alternatives cant exist.

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?

This makes me smile. He definitely deserves it, after refreshing Office for 2007 and then turning around Windows from Vista. He's not just good at putting teh product together, but good at getting end users to buy into his vision

Congratulations Steven! You have done a wonderful job on both Office and Windows 7! Microsoft made a brilliant move by promoting you. Windows now has a bright future thanks to you and I am proud to be a Microsoft product user!

The guy may truly be Microsoft's savior..he also told them about this thing called the "internet" back in the 90's Bill Gates days! He handled Office 2007 and now pushed out one of the best Windows. Bravo!

It was about time.
Sinofsky has been way more open to Development proccess adopting and interracting with Testers, something not done in days of Allchin back @ Longhorn.

manosdoc said,
It was about time.
Sinofsky has been way more open to Development proccess adopting and interracting with Testers, something not done in days of Allchin back @ Longhorn.

Which testers are you referring to? Certainly not Microsoft's group of official Tech Beta testers of which I am a member.

TCLN Ryster said,
Which testers are you referring to? Certainly not Microsoft's group of official Tech Beta testers of which I am a member.

+1!!

TCLN Ryster said,

Which testers are you referring to? Certainly not Microsoft's group of official Tech Beta testers of which I am a member.

Have to whole heartily agree with that one. If anything this has been one of the most quiet and cutoff beta I have been part of. And unless I have been completely blind....Steve hasn't once been part of the NG or live meetings.

Excellent move. Office 2007 was fantastic and he has done a great job with Windows 7. I look forward to seeing what the Windows teams will churn out in the future. Congrats to Steven!!!

Sounds like a good move. The smooth project leadership the Windows 7 development seem to have had from the "outside" as a mere observer, seem to make this well deserved. It's all in sharp contrast to the horrors during Windows Vista was developed, for sure. A resulting major software release can only be as good as the teams behind it were led.

I'd also like to add that it takes quite some guts to focus on "invisible" changes like speed on an OS release. When was the last time MS did a true speed improvement on this scale, and not just according to the marketing material? It doesn't even use a new theme. Overall, I think MS has listened to their users well this time around, and that's pretty "new" for them.

Brilliant move, Microsoft! Steven Sinofsky has done a fantastic job with Windows 7, and has also gotten involved with the community. I wish him all the best with his new position.

lord_xenos said,
If this is the man behind this refreshing new Windows image, I applaud him and he deserves the promotion.

Agreed. The Windows plans seem to be very well thought out now. I commend them.