With Sinofsky Exit, Microsoft Loses Its Steve Jobs
Farhad Manjoo: Who cares if Windows boss was kind of mean?
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2012 1:16 PM CST
Steven Sinofsky, president of the Microsoft Windows group, delivers his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Farhad Manjoo pulls no punches when it comes to the departure of Windows chief Steve Sinofsky from Microsoft: It's like FDR firing Dwight Eisenhower on D-Day. Of course, both Sinofsky and Microsoft are trying to paint this as a mutual, amicable decision, but that's ridiculous, Manjoo writes on Slate. Sinofsky was fired because "he was a jerk." But "so what?" Manjoo wonders. Sinofsky was also the guy who could have, finally, brought Microsoft into true competition with Apple—and he's reminiscent of the abrasive Steve Jobs in more than just his attitude.

Sinofsky was behind both Windows 8 and the Surface tablet—and even if you don't like the Surface, the two products "represented Microsoft's D-Day, its bold attempt to beat back Apple's post-PC invasion," Manjoo writes. And "Sinofsky deserves all the credit (or blame) for Microsoft’s new path," forging ahead "single-mindedly and almost single-handedly." He won few friends while doing so, but he got the job done. Who cares if Microsoft will now enjoy a more harmonious environment? With Sinofsky gone, the company "is rudderless at a time of intense competition." Click for Manjoo's full column.

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Nov 15, 2012 7:04 AM CST
Sinofsky couldn't hold a candle to Steve Jobs.
Nov 15, 2012 12:53 AM CST
Because using a mouse and keyboard to MOVE AROUND A SCREEN takes a neuroscience degree. Really people? Yeah windows 8 is optimized for touch but the only thing that changed was a more full featured start menu (start screen) and the ability to use useful apps as shortcuts for tasks. Everything else is just an improved windows 7
Nov 14, 2012 10:39 PM CST
Just some things I noticed: He did not have a lot of vested stock options for someone at his level. He was replaced by TWO people. He blogged about developing Windows 8--hasn't MS always been secretive about development??? His demise was sudden--did they give him 30 minutes to clean out his desk and have him escorted out by security guards???