Head of Windows leaves Microsoft

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Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft presidency role

There have been significant changes at Windows, with Steven Sinofsky departing and expanded roles for employees Julie Larson-Green and Tami Reller.

The announcement comes just a short time after the launch of the Windows 8 operating system, which is seen by many as a key moment in the history of Windows.

The changes have taken place immediately, with the Microsoft statement not giving an official reason for the announcement. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer retains his position, with Larson-Green and Reller continuing to report to him.

Ballmer thanked Sinofsky for his years of service to the company and spoke of the future of the company, stating: "The products the past few months mark the launch of a new era at Microsoft".

Changes continue for Microsoft

Sinofsky's departure is not the only significant news from Microsoft this week, as it was announced that Windows Live Messenger was to be discontinued. The service was once highly popular, but has recently seen a 48 per cent year on year decrease of users. The main reasons for this are the introduction of Facebook chat and fellow Windows product Skype.

Skype will now become the focus for Windows, with the instant messenger service already incorporated into many of their mobile devices. It is also predicted that the service will be more suitable for use with the Xbox 360 console.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword said: "Microsoft has been hugely successful for so long due to their ability to adapt. While the reasoning behind the departure of Sinofsky is unclear, the 'retirement' of Windows Live Messenger and renewed focus on Skype shows how the company moves with the times and continues to be highly influential."