Or “quit”. But it sure sounds like “fired”.
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. The move is likened by some to the recent ouster at Apple of iOS head Scott Forstall.
Sometimes Microsoft copies Apple a little too closely.
Seriously, though (MICROSOFT FANS: THAT WAS A JOKE), the timing of this right after a major Windows change looks pretty bad. Imagine if Forstall had been fired right after the first iPhone shipped.