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Windows 8 head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

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Microsoft's leadership echelon experienced a shakeup in its Windows division yesterday with the sudden departure of President Steven Sinofsky for unexplained reasons. Sinofsky oversaw and was responsible for the development of both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft's official announcement (opens in new tab) states the mutually agreed decision takes effect immediately.

One of Sinofsky's major highlights as boss of the Windows division was delivering the well-received Windows 7 following Windows Vista's poor reception, validating his efforts to refocus the Windows brand.

The Verge (opens in new tab) 's report elaborates on Sinofsky's split not arising from lukewarm (opens in new tab) reactions (opens in new tab) to Windows 8's launch. Instead, anonymous sources claim Sinofsky's "abrasive and off-putting" personality clashed with Microsoft's collaborative ethic.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company's "incredible foundation" of products will progress as normal. Recently, Microsoft revealed its restriction of DirectX 11.1 to Windows 8 (opens in new tab) .

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?