Windows executive Steven Sinofsky quits after Windows 8 launch

    8:24 AM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
    Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft spekas during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 in New York October 25, 2012. Microsoft said Thursday its 'reimagined' Windows 8 will launch Friday in 37 languages and 140 worldwide markets, as the tech giant unveiled the new version of its computer operating system. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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    UNDATED (CNN) -- An executive shakeup at Microsoft. Steven Sinofsky, head of the Windows division, has left the company.

    His departure comes just after the launch of the Windows 8 operating system late last month.

    Sinofsky's been at Microsoft since 1989 and was considered heir apparent to CEO Steve Ballmer.

    Sinofsky had a reputation as a taskmaster and was not particularly well-liked by other executives.

    At one point in his career at Microsoft, he served as technical advisor to former CEO Bill Gates.

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