Sinofsky’s and Ballmer’s memos to employees

CNET got their hands on Steven Sinofsky’s memo to employees announcing his departure. They also received a copy of Steve Ballmer’s memo to employees.

Ballmer doesn’t exactly gush with emotion for the man that lead the Windows team and has been with the company since 1989. Word on the street is that Sinofsky wanted Ballmer’s job as CEO, but it doesn’t look like that was going to happen.

Ina Fried:

Sources have said the move came amid growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives. Sinofsky, though seen as highly talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team player that the company was looking for.

Interesting times when Apple and Microsoft will let top executives like Sinofsky and Forstall walk or be forced out.

  • rwitt

    This shocked me when I heard it last night. I really thought Sinofksy would be CEO some day.

  • Microsoft just can’t stop themselves from copying Apple. Cook fires Forstall and now Ballmer fires Sinofsky.

    • kibbles

      thats brilliant!! made my day, thank you…

  • Sinofsky uses words like “elegance” almost as though he understands what they mean.

  • Maybe the two of them can get together and form Forsofsky Corp., and sell stitched leather rolodex cards.

  • Gonji

    “I am grateful for the work that Steven has delivered in his time at our company.”

    That must have hurt Ballmer to write that. I’m sure the first draft was closer to this.

    I am grateful for Steven leaving. (one less to depose me).