We just recently learned that Steven Sinofsky parted ways with Microsoft and that the departure was a “personal and private choice” which did not reflect on the company or leadership. Well, now a new report is suggesting that Sinofsky left the company because he wasnt promised Steven Ballmer’s CEO spot at Microsoft. Could this be true or just a rumor?
According to Business Insider, Steven Sinofsky felt that he deserved to be Microsoft’s next CEO, and wanted to be designated as Steve Ballmer’s successor after Windows 8 had shipped. If Sinofsky didn’t get the promise, he would quit Microsoft. This information comes from a Microsoft source, according to the report. Current CEO Steve Ballmer has alread y indicated that he would remain on the job until he retired in 2017 or 2018. Sinofsky, who is a well known and hard charging company executive who put Microsoft Office on the map, fixed Windows after the launch of Vista was a train-wreck, and a man who knows the business inside and out. Regardless of his qualifications, could this be true or just a rumor? Just remember, in Sinofsky’s farewell email, he stated that, “one might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing. I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read—about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership.” Any truth to the matter? You be the judge.