A number of major managerial changes have been made at Microsoft. Steve Sinofsky, who has long lead the Windows division and even recently launched Windows 8 and Surface tablets under his command, has left the company. And his place has been taken up by Julie Larson-Green.
Julie Larson-Green is not new to Microsoft. She has been at the company for nearly two decades now and is very well aware of the different Windows-related products. Although Sinofsky has been leading the Windows President at Microsoft for a long while, Larson-Green has also been a VP in Windows.
So she does know the ups and downs of the Windows-related teams and knows well how to handle them. What is somewhat surprising, though, is that Sinofsky left the company before even seeing how his Windows 8 bore fruit.
On a parting note, he said, “It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”
However, taking over the position of Windows President is certainly a significant challenge for Larson-Green since Sinofsky has been so long at the helm of the ship that many of us had come to identify him with Windows itself. Nonetheless, given her professional background and her skills, we do expect that she can do very well in steering Windows 8 and the new hardware that the company has shipped, to success.