Steven Sinofsky’s Last Memo To Microsoft Employees About His Departure

Winsupersite posted the last memo which Steven Sinofsky sent to Microsoft employees about leaving this company.

From: Steven Sinofsky
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:42 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: RE: Windows Leadership Changes

With the general availability of Windows 8/RT and Surface, I have decided it is time for me to take a step back from my responsibilities at Microsoft. I’ve always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too.

After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines.

The Windows team, in partnerships across all of Microsoft and our industry, just completed products and services introducing a new era of Windows computing. It is an incredible experience to be part of a generational change in a unique product like Windows, one accomplished with an undeniable elegance. Building on Windows, Surface excels in design and utility for a new era of PCs. With the Store, Internet Explorer,, SkyDrive and more, each of which lead the way, this experience is connected to amazing cloud services.

It is inspiring to think of these efforts making their way into the hands of Microsoft’s next billion customers. We can reflect on this project as a remarkable achievement for each of us and for the team. Our work is not done, such is the world of technology, and so much more is in store for customers.

It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company. I am beyond grateful.

I have always promised myself when the right time came for me to change course, I would be brief, unlike one of my infamous short blog posts, and strive to be less memorable than the products and teams with which I have been proudly and humbly associated. The brevity of this announcement is simply a feature.

Some 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.

As I’ve always believed in making space for new leaders as quickly as possible, this announcement is effective immediately and I will assist however needed with the transition.

I am super excited for what the future holds for the team and Microsoft.

With my deepest appreciation,

Steven Sinofsky

Sent from Surface RT
Source: Winsupersite

  • Windows 8

    As I said in the other post regarding this, I am SAD..
    He is a topnotch man and I would have loved to see him continue.

    • guesttt999

      Agreed. He has done so much for Microsoft and the world. Best wishes to you Steve. Windows 8 has been wonderful and your leadership has made it possible!

      • Neo

        He has also been a total douche to work with, but hey: that goes for every Steve out there 😉

        • Smity Smiter

          any source for this info? him being a total douche that is.

  • Beezer

    What the hell. Why is everyone leaving? Is Microsoft really a sinking ship here?

    • Smity Smiter

      who else left?

      • Beezer

        Otto Berkes, Stephen Toulouse, and more. I just can’t remember the other names.

        • Bugbog

          They are leaving because they’ve gotten rich, gotten acclaim, produced/overseen landmark products, and now have many, many options!

  • Pierre Venescar

    I think he’s gonna come with a start-up company

  • Michael

    time for change. Lots of excellent talent at Microsoft more than able to step up.

  • n6600

    I love this guy. Seeing him leaving makes me really, really sad :( C’mon Microsoft, what the hell are you doing? You let go one of the best?!

    • Oliver

      What do you want them to do? Demand he stays? He’s done enough in his time at Microsoft to earn the right to make his own mind up.

      • n6600

        I don’t think it was initially his idea (to leave Microsoft). As I have read, he was asked to leave due to his way of dealing with things and colleagues.

        And frankly – he is the one who helped Microsoft to recover from a disaster named Vista. He did it and on time. In order to make it he had to use his voice and elbows. I am pretty sure Windows 8 was his idea and his “child”. Even though he was described as “stubborn” (lets call it neatly), I would not let him go. His values and ideas might come in handy.

  • Guest

    Otto Berkes, Stephen Toulouse, and more. I just can’t remember names right now.

  • soggybiscuit

    Sounds like Windows 8 , Surface RT, & Windows Phone 8 are tanking hard…someone had to go….I wonder how long for an update to bring the start menu back to Windows 8

    • Eddie

      Maybe you should try using one before you make stupid comments….

  • alukard

    He did a good job and I wish him the best. I hope he keeps supporting the platform he helped create.

  • Hassan Quddus

    Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs passed away, Microsoft’s Future CEO leaving the company, Next Larry Page going to Suicide soon because of 700,000 malwares on Google Play?!

    • sumedh

      lol.. The suicide was the best ..

  • Agha

    Dont get it…He was brilliant why is MS letting him go?

  • duk3togo

    from what I read the metro err Modern…whatever they call it now was created by person they promoted. So I don’t see the start menu ever coming back so lets keep moving forward.

  • disqustingtard

    Good riddance. Hope a butterfly shits on him.

  • redtidal

    We might see him coming up with ideas that will compete with MS product line.

    A bit anxious. But hopefully we will see accelerated integration between different product lines.

    High hopes for Larson-Green. Windows is capable hands.