Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky will be leaving the company and that Julie Larson-Green will be promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller retains her roles as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility for the business of Windows. Both executives will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

These changes are effective immediately.

Julie Larson-Green

"I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company," Ballmer said. "The products and services we have delivered to the market in the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft. We've built an incredible foundation with new releases of Microsoft Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Microsoft Surface, Windows Server 2012 and 'Halo 4,' and great integration of services such as Bing, Skype and Xbox across all our products. To continue this success it is imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings."

"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," Sinofsky said.

Since 1993, Larson-Green has worked on and led some of the most successful products for Microsoft, including the user experiences for early versions of Internet Explorer, and helped drive the thinking behind the refresh of the user experience for Microsoft Office. For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as well as development of all international releases. She has a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Washington University. In her new role she will be responsible for all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware opportunities.

"Leading Windows engineering is an incredible challenge and opportunity, and as I looked at the technical and business skills required to continue our Windows trajectory — great communication skills, a proven ability to work across product groups, strong design, deep technical expertise, and a history of anticipating and meeting customer needs — it was clear to me that Julie is the best possible person for this job, and I'm excited to have her in this role," Ballmer said.

Reller joined Windows in 2007 from the Microsoft Dynamics Division where she held a number of leadership positions. She began her career in technology at Great Plains Software in 1984 while still in college, and was the company's chief financial officer at the time the company was acquired by Microsoft in 2001. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MBA from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. In her expanded role she will assume the lead in driving business and marketing strategy for Windows devices, including Surface and partner devices, in addition to her current marketing and finance responsibilities.
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27 Comments on Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products

#1
jmcslob
Awesome...
About time they put a MILF in charge...
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#2
remixedcat
I wanted sinofsky to replace sweaty ballsack :(
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: jmcslob
Awesome...
About time they put a MILF in charge...
:shadedshu
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#4
Completely Bonkers
You got to admit she is a great looking girl, but
Larson-Green has worked on and led some of the most successful products for Microsoft, including the user experiences for early versions of Internet Explorer, and helped drive the thinking behind the refresh of the user experience for Microsoft Office. For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was responsible for program management, user interface design
She's responsible for ie 4 5 6

She's responsible for ribbon bar

She's responsible for START missing in action

:shadedshu
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#5
james888
by: Completely Bonkers
You got to admit she is a great looking girl, but



She's responsible for ie 4 5 6

She's responsible for ribbon bar

She's responsible for START missing in action

:shadedshu
Ie 4 5 6 were before I used computers regularly. I have only heard tales of their horror.

The ribbon bar is actually pretty good. Once you learn where they moved stuff it really is nice. I wish it would disappear or something unless the mouse was over it.

I think the start button being gone is debatable. I use it. Some don't.
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#6
The Von Matrices
by: james888
I think the start button being gone is debatable. I use it. Some don't.
The start menu was good in 1995 when you had at most a dozen programs installed on your PC. Now, with my computer having over 100 programs installed, a tree menu like the classic start menu becomes a mess. The future of computer navigation is search because there is so much data that navigating these complex trees, even ones such as folder structures, becomes a nightmare.
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#7
remixedcat
I rarely use my start menu.... I only use it for shutdown or to sometimes bring up the cmd window or something
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#8
The Von Matrices
by: Completely Bonkers
She's responsible for ie 4 5 6
Excluding IE 6 late in its life, the UI for IE has never been horrible (when viewed in comparison with its competitors at the time). It was just the code powering it that let it down. If she was only responsible for the UI, then I don't see that as a negative.
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#9
Completely Bonkers
^fair enough. My comments were not a direct criticism of the choices she made, but a reaction to "Mrs Windows 9" being the same person that brought us other software "with scandal/huge debate/kickback" attached. In reaction to the MILF comment, this lady isn't just sexy, she is controversial... and might bring all sorts of changes as a result of being able to pushover a few men. ;) I'm sure we will all be watching her closely ;)
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#10
james888
by: The Von Matrices
The start menu was good in 1995 when you had at most a dozen programs installed on your PC. Now, with my computer having over 100 programs installed, a tree menu like the classic start menu becomes a mess. The future of computer navigation is search because there is so much data that navigating these complex trees, even ones such as folder structures, becomes a nightmare.
I don't even use that part. I only use the right side. I prefer just a small little popup with links to my core directories compared to the windows 8 with all my apps. I don't want to see my apps there, I have my desktop for that. I prefer the desktop too.
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#11
eidairaman1
Should of left the classic/ aero interface in Wait
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#12
hellrazor
by: The Von Matrices
The start menu was good in 1995 when you had at most a dozen programs installed on your PC. Now, with my computer having over 100 programs installed, a tree menu like the classic start menu becomes a mess. The future of computer navigation is search because there is so much data that navigating these complex trees, even ones such as folder structures, becomes a nightmare.
The start menu in a folder-like structure is excellent if you take care of it and sort your shit properly; take a look at Gnome 2/XFCE/LXDE/KDE's menu for excellent examples of well-taken-care-of-menus.

And secondly, if search is the future take me back to the CLI, it was much better at searching than any search bar shit ever was or ever will be.
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#13
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
This is what happens when you put women in charge of stuff. Windows8! What a fail!
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: trickson
This is what happens when you put women in charge of stuff. Windows8! What a fail!
:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu
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#15
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Frick
:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu
:shadedshu:wtf::shadedshu:wtf:
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#16
GLD
by: jmcslob
Awesome...
About time they put a MILF in charge...
I'd hit that. :peace:
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#17
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: GLD
I'd hit that. :peace:
Spoken like a true virgin!

You would "HIT" that? It is I would TAP that ass!

The real question is would she let you, Answer HELL TO THE NO!

She's probably as cold as space. She looks frigid!
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#18
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
You really need to get the EFF out of the house, Trickson.

Please, someone hire this guy. For the love of TPU!
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#19
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: trickson
:shadedshu:wtf::shadedshu:wtf:
by: GLD
I'd hit that. :peace:
by: trickson
Spoken like a true virgin!

You would "HIT" that? It is I would TAP that ass!

The real question is would she let you, Answer HELL TO THE NO!

She's probably as cold as space. She looks frigid!
I'm doing that because you're so stupid it hurts. GLD too.

EDIT: Ok i'll clarify: Those kinds of comments and that sentiment is a big part of why women are being downtrodden worldwide.

Also, trickson doesn't have a house.
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#20
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Wrigleyvillain
You really need to get the EFF out of the house, Trickson.

Please, someone hire this guy. For the love of TPU!
So true. :D
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#21
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Frick
trickson doesn't have a house.
I have a house! It just so happens that it is an RV, Why? Because of dooms day! LOL. :toast:
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#22
eidairaman1
by: hellrazor
The start menu in a folder-like structure is excellent if you take care of it and sort your shit properly; take a look at Gnome 2/XFCE/LXDE/KDE's menu for excellent examples of well-taken-care-of-menus.

And secondly, if search is the future take me back to the CLI, it was much better at searching than any search bar shit ever was or ever will be.
Might aswell go back to GREEN SCREEN/DOS DAYS
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#23
Am*
by: Cristian_25H
For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was responsible for program management, user interface design and research...
So she was the one responsible for the ass-backwards copying of AOL's Kid's World and making an OS GUI out of it?



And worse still, pissing off everyone (home and business users) on Windows 7 that would be willing to make the switch, by removing the Start bar, therefore not giving anyone time to adapt?
...


So what is her next plan? To make future tablets look like this, I imagine:



If she will not be the end of Microsoft in the OS business, she will no doubt be in charge of losing the company a metric fuckton of money.
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#24
xBruce88x
I've actually seen some "pocket PCs" look similar to that.
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#25
hellrazor
They're just doing what Hollywood does and deciding that everyone is a retarded 4 year old and would never want to actually do something interesting.
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