Rise of Silicon Valley women: Now Windows gets first new female boss

By Daily Mail Reporter


Silicon Valley may have a stereotype as the land of computer nerds and alpha males, but the modern technology boss is increasingly likely to be a woman.

Now the likes of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo have been joined by Julie Larson-Green, the new president of Windows who is just the latest female tech maven to step in to a high-profile role.

The software giant announced on Monday that Steven Sinofsky, who was in charge of the development and recent launch of Microsoft's operating system Windows 8, was resigning.

The company did not give a reason for his shock departure, but said the decision was mutual.


In: Julie Larson-Green will replace Steven Sinofsky as Microsoft CEO


Out: Steven Sinofsky, the outgoing president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, speaks at an event last month in New York

Microsoft said on Monday that it has promoted company veteran Ms Larson-Green to lead all its Windows software and hardware engineering.

Tami Reller will take over responsibility for the Windows business, while retaining her posts as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer.


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'I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company,' Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.

Mr Sinofsky said: 'It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with.'

Since 1993, Ms Larson-Green has worked on and led some of the most successful products for Microsoft, including the user experiences for early versions of Internet Explorer, and helped drive the thinking behind the refresh of the user experience for Microsoft Office.

For Windows 7 and Windows 8 she was responsible for program management, user interface design and research, as well as development of all international releases.

She has a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Washington University, according to CNET.

In her new role she will be responsible for all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware opportunities.

Ms Larson-Green is the latest woman to ascend the largely male-dominated tech industry. Melissa Mayer was appointed CEO of Yahoo in July. In 2008, Sheryl Sandberg became COO at Facebook and is now the first woman on the company's board of directors.


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Windows 8 is a POS. Give her a year before MS starts sinking further into the abyss. With a woman in charge of any IT adventure, that's the best you can expect.

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I give her 6 months before she messes up. Seriously.

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The last I looked, Redmond, Washington was nearly 1000 miles from Silicon Valley.

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I have worked in IT professionally for nearly 20 years and I now support a network with over 120 computers. The Windows 8 pre-release editions that we have tested are simply terrible. I will be making sure we skip Windows 8 in the hope that Windows 9 will be better and actually usable, just like Windows 7 was a workable version of Vista. We have run usability tests on 12 (10% of our network) users that are used to using windows XP and 7 on a daily basis. Every single one of our guinea pigs were baffled and frustrated by the bizarre user interface. The amount of swearing that went on after only a short time was hilarious for us in IT but also quite worrying. In the alloted time not a single user managed to finish all the tasks we had set for them on our mini-test. Microsoft has seriously lost the plot and needs to get rd of the idiots who thought the Metro interface was a good idea.

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Ah the position is known as "scapegoat". Windows 8 will be an unmitigated disaster.

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time to go to linux!!! - veritas, essex, United Kingdom ================ Couldn't agree more. Ubuntu (even though Debian is better) has done wonders for Linux acceptance. And guess where Linus Torvalds lives now ?

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Is it any surprise that both facebook and yahoo's shares are falling and windows is on a slippery slope too... - jb, Glasgow ================= I agree with you - don't know why you were red-arrowed. Without Excel, Windows would be gone and both Facebook and Yahoo are both considered jokes. The fact that Sinofsky is leaving speaks volumes about the viability of Microsoft. Maybe as a last resort, these companies are grasping at straws. And, the DM did not do enough research. Sinofsky is being replaced by 2 women, not one

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This story actually misses a more important underlying issue, namely that software dev forums have been buzzing today with speculation over whether Sinofsky has actually been fired by Microsoft because Windows 8 is so bad. Speaking as somebody who has been writing Windows applications for over 20 years I think Windows 8 on the desktop is awful and I have advised all of my customers to avoid it. Among IT professionals Windows 8 is a "Marmite" issue, you love it or you hate it. I have had the various test versions of W8 installed on one of my two computers for a year now and I still hate it. Microsoft are trying to stay relevant but with W8 they have launched a product which has two interfaces clumsily bolted together to form an unintuitive whole, in my opinion. Some people may respond to this posting by strongly disagreeing with my comments, but nobody who knows the IT world could disagree that W8 has polarised the Windows community. Microsoft will be better for ditching Sinofsky.

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pretty young women in software are just a pleasant to the eye graphical user interface - the software is under the pretty bonnet

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To be off topic here...excuse the repeated posts, the DM's servers were acting up and caused them to apear more than once, if their is a mod anywhere near, please delete 3 of them. Thanks.

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