With the dust having yet to settle from a swathe of major product launches and with several important devices still rumored to be in the pipeline, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky has departed the software company with immediate effect. The shock announcement comes just weeks following the official launch of Windows 8 and with numerous Windows Phone 8 release dates still pending.
Microsoft’s first Surface RT Tablet has also barely been given time to get off the ground, while rumors continue of a Windows 8 Surface Pro Tablet release date coming in January 2013.
So far, Microsoft has refused to pass comment or answer questions on the circumstances surrounding The Windows head’s departure. They did however state that his responsibilities would be passed on to Julie Larson-Green.
Technology experts and analysts the world over are united in their abject shock at the announcement – many of who had expected Sinofsky to eventually succeed Steve Ballmer as outright CEO of Microsoft. The departure of Sinofsky follows just days after an equally surprising announcement from Apple, which revealed that both John Browett and Scott Firstall would also be leaving.
In the case of Apple however, the departures are thought to have been motivated by poor performance in terms of overall quarterly performance and the various hiccups that caused embarrassment with Apple’s new Maps apps.
According to industry analysts, the world’s biggest companies in growing numbers are finding it difficult to keep up with the way both the industry and the global market is evolving and shifting – the high-level restructuring efforts representing efforts to adapt. Microsoft in particular is entering the dawn of a new era, having recently entered the hardware market for the very first time and taken steps toward creating an Apple-like ecosystem of its own.