Intel, too, was said to be unhappy with Sinofsky's handling of Windows 8, and the seemingly preferential treatment given to Windows RT for tablets. Indeed, the x86 version of the Surface tablet won't be out until next year, whereas the Windows RT version was launched last month. This gives Microsoft's ARM partners a significant jump on the chip giant.
"It's certainly not crazy to think Intel didn't have any influence over the decision, but it would probably not have been a deciding factor," said Kanter, admitting there was no love lost between Sinofsky and Intel, adding that and that Intel was probably not sad to see him go.
There was also said to be a bit of a personal power struggle between Sinofsky and Ballmer, with Sinofsky purportedly seeing himself as the next CEO and heir apparent, while Ballmer very much saw himself retaining the driving seat for at least the next five to six years before his retirement.
Ballmer and Sinofsky held diametrically opposed visions of Microsoft's future, with Ballmer looking for greater collaboration between the divisions and less of the silo mentality Sinofsky had created inside Windows.
As to Sinofsky's future, that, too, seems uncertain. It would seem unlikely that he would move to Apple, which just fired Scott Forstall, the firm's own version of Sinofsky. He also appears an unlikely fit for either Google or Facebook, which both have very collaborative cultures.
Then again, there's always Yahoo, where the company culture and CEO seem to change every Tuesday and Thursday. Perhaps Marissa Mayer can find a use for him.
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