The company changes course and Sinofsky gets a new mission: Windows 8 isn’t going to be a mere clean-up job, it’s not an “embrace and extend” improvement, but a new ”reimagined” Windows, a PC Plus that will straddle the PC and tablet worlds. The new OS will provide a radically new look-and-feel, a touch-screen interface in addition to a keyboard and mouse (or trackpad), and it will stray from the comfy x86 monogamy to also work on ARM processors.
A little over three years later, right after delivering Windows 8, Sinofsky is abruptly sacked. (Excuse me, he’s “amicably” sacked… by his own “personal and private” choice).
Excellent article by Jean-Louis Gassée.