Microsoft Corp. pushed out Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows operating system division, after clashes with executives, including Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, people with knowledge of the move said.
Microsoft Corp. said Andy Lees was named head of corporate development and strategy, part of a push by Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to step up growth and fend off competitors led by Apple Inc.
Microsoft Corp., trying to reverse disappointing sales for its Windows Phone, is counting on Samsung Electronics Co. and other manufacturing partners to step up retailer incentives and boost in-store promotions.
Microsoft Corp., the largest software maker, named Terry Myerson as head of its Windows Phone Division, replacing President Andy Lees, who will take a new role reporting to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft Corp. ’s Robbie Bach will retire as head of the division that sells Xbox consoles and mobile-phone software after losing market share to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in wireless operating systems.
The departure of Ray Ozzie as Microsoft Corp.’s chief software architect fueled concern that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer may not be doing enough to nurture would-be successors and executives who can set strategy.