After being ousted from Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky will spend some time teaching at Harvard.
Steven Sinofsky, the former head of Microsoft's Windows division who was ousted shortly after the launch of Windows 8, has washed up at Harvard Business School. His new title is "Executive in Residence" and his tasks include research, writing, teaching students product development, planning, collaboration, and more, Sinofsky announced in a pair of Twitter messages. He added the hashtag "sabbatical" to one of his tweets, indicating this is probably a temporary role.
"Excited to return to @HarvardHBS to teach again this Spring! New perspectives, recharge, share experiences, write," Sinofsky tweeted.
On the surface, Sinofsky's decision to step down from Microsoft in November was a mutual parting of the ways. However, the timing of his sudden departure led to speculation of a power struggle between him and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
This is Sinofsky's second stint at Harvard. He previously served as a "visiting scholar" at Harvard Business School in 1998. He also co-authored a book with Marco Iansiti, an HBS professor, called "One Strategy: Organization, Planning, and Decision Making."