Microsoft's Windows 8 head quits unexpectedly

Nov 13, 2012, 12:11 AM EST
Steven Sinofsky, the President of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, speaks at the launch event of Windows 8 operating system in New York, in this October 25, 2012 file photo. Microsoft Corp announced Sinofsky will be leaving the company with immediate effect, days after the software giant launched the Surface tablet.
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Steven Sinofsky, widely tipped to be the next chief executive of Microsoft, has abruptly left the world's largest software company, barely two weeks after launching the flagship operating system Windows 8 and Microsoft's first ever own-brand computer, the Surface. Sinofsky's departure after 23 years with the company was reportedly a mutual decision, though it is effecitve immediately and sources says follows growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives who did not see him as team player. Julie Larson-Green will take over running Microsoft's Windows hardware and software business.