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Microsoft shocker: Windows 8 chief Steven Sinofsky out

Tim Greene | Nov. 14, 2012
The man who oversaw development of Windows 8 and its offshoot the Surface tablet is abruptly leaving Microsoft just weeks after delivering both projects to the marketplace.

As for Reller, she retains her current titles within Microsoft, and the press release describes her role as expanded. It says she will lead the business and marketing strategies for Surface "and partner devices" but doesn't specify what those devices are.

The announcement is somewhat stunning given the fanfare surrounding the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface, a combination Ballmer says is among the top three most important events in Microsoft's 37-year history.

By all accounts during launch events for the products, Ballmer has repeatedly praised the innovation they represent and appeared thrilled with how well they were executed. The company's statement doesn't address directly what dissatisfaction might have led to Sinofsky's departure.

A native of Washington State, Larson-Green has strong ties to the Redmond area. Besides nearly two decades at Microsoft, she earned a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Washington University.

Reller started off at Great Plains Software in 1984 and was its CFO when Microsoft bought it in 2001. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MBA from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.



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