Steven Sinofsky, a former head of Windows and Office, announced in December 2012 that he was leaving Microsoft to teach at Harvard Business School. Mr. Sinowski is writing a memoir called Hardcore Software: Inside The Rise and Fall of PC Revolution,media reported.
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Mr. Sinowski, a controversial figure who has been criticised for not collaborating well with departments other than Windows, chose to leave microsoft after a disagreement with several executives, including Steve Ballmer, microsoft’s chief executive. Steven Sinofsky also has supporters, many of whom point out that when Windows Vista suffered a fiasco, he took over the Windows division and managed to turn it around.
On the 20th anniversary of the ILOVEYOU virus’s ravages of personal computers, Fast Company has revealed the inside story of how Sinofsky and the Office team handled the crisis, as well as other insights from his time at Microsoft.
Fast Company asks that the story of the Concept, Melissa and ILOVEYOU viruses is the end of an era of innocence for businesses and consumers, and perhaps for Microsoft. But these stories still matter as companies weigh ease of use, functionality, and security today, and given that the risk level is much higher today than it was in the 1990s, should the industry better anticipate and prevent threats?
Mr Sinowski said
In many ways, this is a battle between the “techie” techie computer man (the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg popularized this) and “humans” (which means everyone else). When we try to make a PC more secure, that means it’s more difficult to do anything on the PC — like run any code anywhere, or script or customize each program.
Whenever we impose any restrictions, techie fights back. When these customizations were also used to do useful business functions, the Real Impasse in Office emerged — for example, most early CRM solutions were built as custom features on top of Outlook.
WHILE THE ARTICLE FOCUSES ON MR. SINOWSKI’S HANDLING OF THE ILOVEYOU VIRUS WHILE AT MICROSOFT, IT ALSO SHARES SOME INTERESTING REFLECTIONS, INCLUDING HIS ASSESSMENT OF WINNING TRUST.
In the years that followed, Microsoft repositioned itself as a primarily security-focused corporate company, which, by the way, was what most people thought of it. Sinofsky has been one of Microsoft’s staunchest critics of consumer-facing decisions since he left after the company’s ill-fated Windows 8 failure.