Like Bob Dylan said: ...the times they are a-changin'.
With the surprise sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky comes an even bigger surprise - the appointment of an advocate for collaborative development (and a team player!) to head the Windows hardware and software engineering effort.
There's an interesting article to be found over at The Verge on Julie Larson-Green
, former VP of 'Windows Experience,' self-taught programmer, 19-year industry veteran - and now, the executive in charge of Windows. (Link to article here
Hopefully this will bring some sanity back to Microsoft and not simply be a quick fix to fill a vacancy in the org chart. Sinofsky resigns from Microsoft. Let's meet the new boss of Windows.
From what I've seen of Ms. Larson-Green's CV, this looks rather promising however. Even if I am
still a little leery of her, considering she was one of the leading advocates for the Microsoft Ribbon interface. Oh well...I guess nobody's ever perfect.
More on Sinofsky's departure can be found here