Microsoft Promotes Windows 7 Chief - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Operating Systems

Microsoft Promotes Windows 7 Chief

Stephen Sinofsky is named president of Redmond's Windows division.

Microsoft has tapped Windows 7 point man Stephen Sinofsky to become head of its $17 billion Windows client division. Sinofksy, who was senior VP for the Windows engineering group, was named Windows division president on Wednesday.




Windows 7 screen shot
(Click for larger image and for full photo gallery)

Bill Veghte, who held the role previously, will move to an unspecified "leadership position" later this year, Microsoft said.

"Steven Sinofsky has demonstrated the ability to lead large teams that deliver great products," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a statement.

"The work he and the team have done in getting ready to ship Windows 7 really defines how to develop and ship world-class software," said Ballmer. "He is a perfect fit to lead our the Windows group.

Sinofsky is a 20-year Microsoft veteran.

Windows 7 is slated to ship on Oct. 22. A follow up to the widely-maligned Vista operating system, Windows 7 has received high marks from a number of reviewers. It's said to carry a lighter footprint than Vista while offering several new, user-friendly features such as built-in support for touch screens.

Some retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy, have started taking pre-orders for Windows 7. As of Thursday, the OS was Amazon's top seller in the software category.

The full version of Windows 7 Home Premium is priced at $199, with an upgrade from Vista or XP costing $119. The full version of Windows 7 Professional is $299, with upgrades going for $199. Windows 7 Ultimate is priced at $319, with the upgrade version at $219.

However, Microsoft is offering discounts of 50% or more through a promotional campaign that ends July 11. A Release Candidate version of Windows 7 is currently available as a free download from Microsoft's Web site.

Microsoft also announced that Windows division chief financial officer Tami Reller will take on additional marketing responsibilities.


InformationWeek has published an indepth report on Windows 7. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
IT Careers: Top 10 US Cities for Tech Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  1/14/2020
Commentary
Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2020
James Kobielus, Research Director, Futurum,  1/9/2020
News
What's Next: AI and Data Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/30/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll