Windows chief leaves Microsoft

Published Nov 14, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

In a move that surprised many, Microsoft announced late Monday that Steven Sinofsky, the exacting and controversial president of Windows and Windows Live, had left the company just weeks after delivering the radical revamp of its flagship software product, Windows 8.

The announcement came barely two weeks after Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 with launch events in New York City in which Sinofsky figured prominently.

Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of program management for Windows, will take his place.