The best theories for Sinofsky's exit

When Steven Sinofsky announced his departure from Microsoft late yesterday, reports quickly began to circulate that he left either because he was difficult to work with or because Microsoft was unhappy with Windows 8's direction. 

While those reports are possible, it's also possible Sinofsky left for other, more mysterious reasons. Here are just a few of the theories that attempt to dissect the real reason for Sinofsky's exit.

One theory regarding the supposedly mutual split was quickly debunked by our own Andy Weir.

TechCrunch's MG Siegler found out the Lakers have hired Sinofsky instead of Phil Jackson.

While others were theorizing why Sinofsky left, one man made suggested it could make for a potentially seismic shake-up in the tech industry.

Yet another theory is that Forstall and Sinofsky are actually joining forces to combine their signature styles.

...or perhaps Sinofsky was forced out because Microsoft was just following Apple's lead, Walt Mosspuppet believes.

According to Business Insider's Steve Kovach, Sinofsky may merely be leaving to focus more time on his true passion: skateboarding.

Chris Ziegler of The Verge recalls Sinofksy's exit a little differently, however.

Peter Bright of Arstechnica thinks the outcome of a recent political race could have sealed Sinofsky's fate.

Neowin's former senior news editor Brad Sams, now the operator of Winsyde, believes the timing of Sinofsky's exit is oddly coinciding with a recent game launch.

Perhaps the best theory for the Sinofsky/Microsoft split came from Tom Restman. 

 

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he is the one who killed courier, in case you didn't know that. maybe it's the time to bring it back, j allard is still around.

"Sinofsky hops on his Surface skateboard. Flashes peace sign. "Later bros," he says as he skates into the sunset on Live Tiles."

Silver Surfer Movie lead now confirmed.

Some of those are hilarious.

Where's my tin foil hat when i need it ?

Honestly it might be anything. Personal. New COE of a company soon. Windows 8 criticisms.

Time will tell. As simple as that.

I vote on the embarrassing user experience in windows 8. The faults of Vista were with driver and software programmers.. ME was a rush job because 2k wasn't ready for home users.. but windows 8 had no excuse.

seta-san said,
I vote on the embarrassing user experience in windows 8. The faults of Vista were with driver and software programmers.. ME was a rush job because 2k wasn't ready for home users.. but windows 8 had no excuse.
stop complaining. Build or buy a better computer. Sorry that a new OS works lik crap with your current HW

seta-san said,
I vote on the embarrassing user experience in windows 8. The faults of Vista were with driver and software programmers.. ME was a rush job because 2k wasn't ready for home users.. but windows 8 had no excuse.

you have no excuse to troll either, but look at you now...

freak180 said,
stop complaining. Build or buy a better computer. Sorry that a new OS works lik crap with your current HW

Well, shareholders are saying that the new OS works like a crap in every computer.

seta-san said,
I vote on the embarrassing user experience in windows 8. The faults of Vista were with driver and software programmers.. ME was a rush job because 2k wasn't ready for home users.. but windows 8 had no excuse.

lol you're funny. and this is why ballmer put in charge one of sinfosky's UX girls in charge of the windows 8 experience.

how about another funny theory mr know-nothing sir?

Brony said,

Well, shareholders are saying that the new OS works like a crap in every computer.

you must be confusing apple/google shareholder comments.

seta-san said,
I vote on the embarrassing user experience in windows 8. The faults of Vista were with driver and software programmers.. ME was a rush job because 2k wasn't ready for home users.. but windows 8 had no excuse.

Vista was a failure because of microsoft, the only drivers that could be blamed were the ones that were not whql signed.

Brony said,

Well, shareholders are saying that the new OS works like a crap in every computer.

Such as who? I notice you post the same ignorant, unsubstantiated, unreferenced nonsense in every article regarding Windows 8.

seta-san said,
I vote on the embarrassing user experience in windows 8. The faults of Vista were with driver and software programmers.. ME was a rush job because 2k wasn't ready for home users.. but windows 8 had no excuse.

We tested ME for two years. The fault, like Vista, lay in the hands of hardware manufacturers' drivers.

GreyWolf said,
We tested ME for two years. The fault, like Vista, lay in the hands of hardware manufacturers' drivers.

Microsoft did so many code resets during Windows Longhorn's development and pushing the date around countless times said hardware manufacturers probably had no idea what was going on anymore.

Brony said,

Well, shareholders are saying that the new OS works like a crap in every computer.

And runs great on my 4 year old computer. I think shareholders are being shown crappy hardware.

GreyWolf said,

We tested ME for two years. The fault, like Vista, lay in the hands of hardware manufacturers' drivers.

Which of course is 100% false if you are speaking of drivers that were whql.

the420kid said,
im so glad i have some sort of life and dont post/read twitter feeds all day.

Excuse me while I go cry. I've never been insulted on the Internet before

the420kid said,
im so glad i have some sort of life and dont post/read twitter feeds all day.

Me too. Twitter is irrelevant and its a sad state of affairs when "tweets" are constantly used as excuses to write "news" articles.