Julie Larson-Green

What will change about Microsoft’s Windows leadership following the departure of Steven Sinofsky as Windows president? “Not a whole lot,” says new Windows leader Julie Larson-Green in an interview with MIT Technology Review.

“We think a lot the same about what the role of Windows is in society, what computing looks like, and getting people on board with that point of view,” Larson-Green tells the publication.

That’s in line with the sentiment that I picked up on while putting together our story this week about the internal conflicts at Microsoft that preceded the departure of Sinofsky.

The team that remains in the Windows division reflects his methodical approach to product development, which puts the division at odds at times with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other parts of the company that take a more freewheeling approach.

Asked about Sinofsky in the interview, Larson-Green says, “Steven is an amazing leader and an amazing brain and an amazing person, but one person can’t do everything. It’s really about the team that we created and the culture that we created for innovation.”

She also comments about the reception for Windows 8 and the rise of touch-screen computing, and encourages new users (and the tech press) to give themselves a little time to adjust to the interface. She says, “Some people who review it for a shorter period of time may not feel how rich it really is. We’re going for the over time impression rather than the first 20 minutes out of the box.”

Read the full Technology Review interview here.

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  • Guest

    Not much has changed, except:

    1. The head of the Windows division is now a sales person instead of a technical expert.

    2. There is noone to look Ballmer eye to eye and tell him once in a while that he’s being stupid.

    Other than that lack of technical expertise everything seems to be the same.
    Oh joy!

  • ByeByeSoul

    This story is very odd.

    Not the writing but what its depicting is just strange.

    If the point of nixing Sinofsky ostensibly was lack of collaboration then why no other real changes?

    This all leave me feeling like the Windows org has been decapitated. For the first time I can think of there’s no one that really owns Windows. Allchin, Valentine, Sinofsky: you knew they owned it.

    Julie Larson-Green is lightweight by all accounts and her comments pretty much confirm my sense that she’s got the independence and leadership skills of a puppet leader.

    Windows was already in serious trouble before they got rid of Sinofsky and now it sounds like nothing is going to change.

    I just feel like they killed the pilot of the airplane and now it’s on autopilot with no one to fly it or land it. And so it’s just going to keep flying until it runs out of gas and then crash.

  • guest

    Uh-huh. A lot may not change in the short term, but to say not much has changed is ridiculous.

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