Just in case you were worried: It looks like Steven Sinofsky will still get his employee discount on Microsoft products for the holidays.
A Microsoft filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission gives the official word on the Windows president’s departure, saying he resigned on Nov. 12, as reported, but will “remain an employee until December 31, 2012.”
In announcing the changes earlier in the week, Microsoft had described Sinofsky’s departure and the naming of Julie Larson-Green to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering as “effective immediately.” Contacted about the SEC filing, the company called the language in the filing a technicality, not a reversal of what had been previously announced.
The filing reads, in full: “As announced on November 12, 2012, Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division, resigned as President of the Division on November 12, 2012. He will remain an employee until December 31, 2012.”
Technicalities aside, the departure of Sinofsky was the major news on the Microsoft beat for the week, and perhaps for the year. It comes as the company tries to better integrate its various products and services by becoming more collaborative across divisions — not one of Sinofsky’s strong suits.
Speaking about Sinofsky during an appearance at the Churchill Club in Santa Clara later in the week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wished Sinofsky well and burnished the former Windows president’s legacy by saying he made “one of the most amazing contributions anyone’s made to any company.”
Meanwhile, commenting on the blog of former Microsoft engineer Hal Berenson, Sinofsky denied widespread reports that he had sought to bring the Windows Phone and Developer Division under his control while at the company.