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.
Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s mighty Windows division, has left the company. Julie Larson-Green will take over daily responsibilities for Windows software and hardware engineering, while CFO Tami Reller will take the reins of the Windows business. Microsoft has posted a press release on its site confirming the changes, but what they don’t give us is a reason why.
With just a few days left to go until the release of Windows 8 and the Microsoft-built Surface tablets, the Redmond-based company has donned its marketing hat. While the jury is still out on the amount Microsoft has earmarked for the Windows 8 marketing campaign, it is likely to be a large sum (some reports peg it at over $1 billion), especially considering how much Microsoft has riding on these two products. But wait, what exactly does Microsoft have “riding” on them?