Former Windows chief Sinofsky to teach at Harvard

Then-Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky in Anaheim in September. (Microsoft photo)

Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft Windows chief, will return to Harvard Business School as an “executive in residence” this spring, he said on Twitter this morning. Sinofsky was a visiting scholar at Harvard in the 1990s and later collaborated on a management book with a Harvard Business School professor.

Answering questions on Twitter, the former Windows chief said he will focus on research and writing, in addition to teaching about product development, planning and collaboration, among other topics.

Sinofsky was a polarizing figure inside Microsoft, but he oversaw a turnaround of the Windows business starting with Windows 7, and led an overhaul of the operating system with Windows 8, before his sudden departure last month. As we reported last week, he and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer clashed over issues including the best ways to collaborate among the company’s different divisions.

The Harvard Business School role looks like an interim step, not a permanent gig. No word yet on what Sinofsky will do for his next act in the world of business and technology.

  • Nikesh Parekh

    Sinofsky was a visiting professor at HBS previously in 1999, I think. He was great product development professor. Incredibly focused and passionate.

  • http://twitter.com/TroyJMorris Troy Morris

    I’m just glad he didn’t hashtag that list of verbs

  • Guest

    Congrats to Harvard! This is a great get. I’d like some podcasts of his lectures, please.

  • MovingOnUp

    And in other news, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey announced that Steve Ballmer will be joining faculty of their Clown College as a Master in Jumping Around and Making Gorilla Noises.

    Meanwhile, Bill The Butcher in Redmond has also announced the Kevin Turner will be joining their training facility as a special fellow in efficient large scale slaughter methods.

    We wish them both well.