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Steve Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

In a shocking move, following the release of Windows 8, one of the chief executives behind Microsoft has left his post.

In a news announcement released on their website, Microsoft stated that there was to be a change in order to push their ‘next wave of products’.

Steve Sinofsky had been an executive at the software giant for the last 23 years. He oversaw the development of Microsoft Office, convinced engineers not to move over to Google and then took over the development of Windows 8, specifically guiding it towards mobile computer use.

“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft,” Sinofsky asserted in the statement published on Microsoft’s news website. “I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”

He is being replaced by Julie Larson-Green, who has been at Microsoft for as long as Sinofsky has. She will officially be one of Microsoft’s first female bosses. She will now lead all of Windows’ software and hardware programming.

Although some are surprised at Sinofsky’s departure, considering he has just launched Windows 8 for tablet computers, others say it’s perhaps not too surprising, since making personnel changes towards the end of a product-roll out is probably the best time to do so.