Head of Windows 8 & Surface development out at Microsoft


Steven Sinofsky out at Microsoft. It seems like a strategic move of some sort after internal disappointment with the Surface launch and Windows 8.

I don’t know if Ballmer and Co see it this way, but I think the mistakes being made here have to do with surface being a top secret project within Microsoft, from Microsoft’s partners and even Microsoft’s Xbox’s designers being shut out (even though Xbox is Microsoft’s most successful hardware platform to date). Any Tablet strategy should have some strong ties, co branding, interoperability with XBox. There is word of an XBox “surface”, but this should have been first. Microsoft should be trying to build out from their existing installation bases. Instead they are trying to introduce all of us to Windows 8 (something totally different) and a 32 GB tablet with only 16GBs of memory with Office installed.