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December 19, 2012

Steven Sinofsky Headed to Harvard Business School to Teach Class after Departure from Microsoft

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Steven Sinofsky, who just last month stepped down as the president of Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Windows and Windows Live units, is now headed to Harvard Business School.

While at the top-ranked business school, he will likely teach a course and work on some academic studies.

Sinofsky's exit followed Microsoft’s launch of Windows 8. He led the development of the new Windows product. Sinofsky led the Windows division for six years, but there appeared to be some conflict between Sinofsky and some of his Microsoft colleagues before what was described in the media as his “sudden” departure.

While at Harvard, where he will be known as an “Executive in Residence,” he will teach a course on product development during the spring semester, according to tweets quoted by The Seattle Times. He is also expected to write journal articles on the topic.

One of Sinofsky’s tweets read, “Excited to return to @HarvardHBS to teach again this spring! New perspectives, recharge, share experiences, write. #sabbatical.”

Sinofsky taught at Harvard Business School previously. Also, he co-wrote "One Strategy," with Marco Iansiti, who also teaches at Harvard Business School. In the past, Sinofsky helped write “Microsoft Office: Finding the Suite Spot” and “Learning from Projects: Note on Conducting a Postmortem Analysis” for Harvard Business School.

“It’s not clear yet if this is a single-semester deal or if Sinofsky plans to stick around Harvard for the long haul, but his extensive experience at Microsoft developing Windows 8 among other Windows products should make for an interesting class, to say the least,” SlashGear reported. “Harvard Business students sure are lucky.”

After leaving Microsoft, Sinofsky considered himself lucky to have worked there.

“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft,” Sinofksy said in a statement quoted by TMCnet. “I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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