I cannot pretend I am sad about the passing of the torch. I have been persona non grata with the Windows division for the entire time that Sinofsky ran it. Many long-time Microsoft employees, managers and testers have expressed similar sentiments, mostly in private. Here's hoping to better days, in terms of how the Windows client team interacts with all of its constituents: Its customers, partners and us Microsoft watchers.
apparently DevDiv guys dont know whats happening ...
Grats Sinofsky, and enjoy your severance package as you persue other interests.
So will this mean another change in direction for Windows development? This is going to put doubts into developer's heads as to whether it's worth pursuing Windows Store apps. I hope MS can allay any uncertainty quickly.
@DeathByVisualStudio: I think you should get the job Death. Show us what an AMAZING job you would do with Windows 9, you clearly have all the answers... They spew from your orifices every time you post here...
Not sure how I feel Steven going. On the one hand he sure did a hell of a job fixing WinDiv after Jim Allchin's disastrous Longhorn/Vista debacle. On the other hand he was apparently hard to work for/with. Julie Larson-Green is a smart cookie, but something is telling me that this is a stop gap measure and there's more changes coming.
No matter what has happened, Fired/Retired/Mutual/Ballmer threw a chair at him, it's really not good to loose him so soon after Windows 8 and Surface launch like this - very bad from a PR perspective and the trolls are going to go on a feeding frenzy (as we can see above).
And there's no way Scott Gu moves into his position - or at least he better not....!
Not sure how I feel Steven going. On the one hand he sure did a hell of a job fixing WinDiv after Jim Allchin's disastrous Longhorn/Vista debacle.
Overrated. Aside from the new taskbar, what's the big deal with Windows 7? I can't find any. Can you? Be honest! Most performance issues and bugs of Vista were fixed in SP1 and 2 already.
Windows 7 is mostly just Vista with a new taskbar and with bug-fixes already baked in. Sinofsky got way too much credit for that. Just look what the man did when his "vision" got free-reign: He put a pretty much unmodified touch-first mobile interface on desktops.. on purpose. Coupled with _multiple_ update mechanisms and control panels. How's that better than the accidental bugs in Vista?! Also, by beginning of 2006, it seemed as if the Windows guys got their * together anyway.
The sad part is when people will try to spin this as representative of Windows 8/Surface sales...
No spin involved, Visual Studio 2012 sales have plummeted. Jason Zander leaving Visual Studio was the warning sign. Sinofsky has made powerful enemies, both within (Developer Division) and outside Microsoft
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