Steven Sinofsky, head of Microsoft's Windows division leaves the company

By Julio Franco ยท 21 replies
Nov 13, 2012
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  1. Steven Sinofsky who had been running the Windows division at Microsoft since 2009 has left the company, effective immediately, without clear explanation on the reasons. Sinofsky's departure comes shortly after the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface, products that...

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  2. Wow....! Is Win 8 that bad?
    avoidz and Lionvibez like this.
  3. Jack Thompson

    Jack Thompson TS Rookie

    Win 8 is a mess, instead of slapping a new UI on the same old code, they should have build the freakin OS from the ground up.

    Selling a 32GB Surface RT tablet from which 24GB are reserved for the limited OS tells you that Win 8 is one bloated piece of... Fire Balmer! he's been driving MS into the ground since Bill left.
    avoidz and Lionvibez like this.

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    Maybe this guy left in frustration, because Microsoft spent a Billion or so in marketing without much explaining about the difference between Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro. I'm constantly telling people that the Pro version is different to the RT in that it is a full COMPUTER. Something Apple cant directly compete with, unless they eventually release OSX on a tablet.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    And so it begins...
  6. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Eureka! I knew Ballmer was teasing this one. So pissed..,
  7. sivador

    sivador TS Rookie

    Still happy with Win XP pro 64bits
    TechMancer and Per Hansson like this.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    That says it all.
  9. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Posts: 56

    Thank God it's Tuesday X(...
  10. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    Ever tried multiple monitors on metro - what a joke?!
    How about doing anything but just have one stupid app open at once?

    I got win8 for the "better" code behind the scenes but the new metro UI is a piece of JUNK for desktop use and should only be used on tablets. (When I get a popup "tap here to.." on my desktop I feel insulted)

    I don't blame this guy for leaving tho, quit while you are ahead applies here for sure.
    avoidz likes this.
  11. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Posts: 56

  12. What do you two dislike about how multiple monitors function? I run multiple monitors with Windows 8 and I have no problems interacting with the Modern UI and desktop UI seamlessly and they've added improvements such as each monitor getting a dedicated taskbar and natively allowing wallpapers to be spanned across two independent displays.
  13. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    We will all pray for you and hope you get better soon.
    TechMancer likes this.
  14. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Where's that pesky resume of mine...
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    OK Ladies, what's wrong with this picture?


    Mr. Sinofsky isn't wearing jeans. Nor is he wearing a turtleneck
    Nor is he working in front of a dramatic black background.
    Nor is he holding a pristine white gadget of one sort or another.
    Nor is he likely spewing forth a sales pitch in a monotonous baritone, in an attempt to hypnotize the audience into believing they will, "awake feeling refreshed, with an overwhelming desire to buy a Microsoft product"! (1*)

    What he IS doing, is standing there looking like his mother dressed him for school, while holding the gayest pink tablet his board of directors could provide.

    This looks more like an episode of "Punked", than an honest attempt at a sales presentation.....

    (1*) Granted that Apple would likely sue him for "bullshit infringement", were he to do those things.
  16. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Posts: 56

    That still doesn't change the fact that they have no real purpose.
  17. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    I don't blame the guy. Ballmer's probably the one pushing for that stupid flat Win 8 look and single screen "apps".
  18. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    How many of you dislikers of Windows 8 actually spent more than an hour with it before drawing your conclusion? I Installed win 8 at the weekend and after about 2 maybe 3 hours I get the idea of the new ways productivity should flow. In fact, because of the fullscreen view, I find myself getting less distracted when typing and email or researching something.
    Not to mention, MAN it's fast. wow. mine boots from the press of the switch to the desktop in 14 seconds (vertex4 128GB) .
    OortCloud likes this.
  19. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    I've used every prerelease version of it. Still have it loaded on a spare drive and forced myself to use it for 2 weeks. I hated metro can live without a start button because I installed start 8 but metro is awful.

    I still dual boot into it just to test some apps from time to time but most of my time being productive is in windows 7 and that won't change anytime soon.

    And all this OMG it boots in 10 seconds doesnt' mean much to me my computer is either in sleep mode or on. I'm lucky if I shut it down once a month.
  20. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Posts: 56

    I almost always hibernate my PC.
    Lionvibez likes this.
  21. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    I wasn't even aware there WAS a version appropriate to the desktop. Which might prove your point, lipe123. Now I'm going to look for some reviews of the Pro version - it might change my mind about trying the new version. Maybe.
  22. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 173   +55

    Personally, I was expecting to hate using Windows 8 on a desktop but to my surprise I rather like it. It still does all the things Win 7 did, you just do them differently. People love to complain about change, but if you keep an open mind and think about working differently it starts to make sense.

    I'm a developer so make fairly high demands of my PC, often running multiple copies of Visual Studio, plus Eclipse, Firebug, IIS and a bunch of tools as well as multiple browsers, email and music apps etc. At first some things annoyed me and took some working out, but once you get over that it's a solid OS with some nice features and a much needed facelift!

    The 'wheres the start menu' mantra is wearing thin and just announcing that 'Metro is awful' is unconvincing. Personally I find Modern UI a very slick front end with a crisp contemporary feel to it. Gone are the hackneyed glass effects and grey shaded bezels, but that's just my opinion! Everyone's entitled to one!

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