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After his abrupt departure from Microsoft last week, inquiring minds want to know just where Steven Sinofsky will land next. Here are a couple intriguing possibilities. What do you think?

Steven Sinofsky, the former president of Microsoft’s Windows group probably never needs to work again — he’s a 20-year-plus veteran of the company who is vested many times over. But no one really thinks he’s retiring.

So … where will SteveSi land next? Interesting question. He’s not talking (much), so let’s speculate.

Someone with Sinofsky’s talents for managing huge software development projects probably means he can write his own ticket. Those skills could come in handy with many companies including Microsoft rivals Google and Apple. Neither is a Windows player at all but both would probably both love to pick his brain. Imagine the headlines either of those appointments would make. Facebook is another option, according to an informal poll of sources including Microsoft insiders.

Amazon would be an interesting choice. He wouldn’t have to relocate and Amazon seeks more enterprise expertise for its cloud services push.  One Twitter correspondent thinks Seattle-based Tableau, the hot-shot business intelligence startup, would be an interesting choice.

And then there’s always Oracle. Larry Ellison always enjoys hiring top names from competitors.

Let us know your picks in the comment thread below.

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  1. Perhaps he could fix the Air Force’s ERP debacle.

    1. wouldn’t that be a great story?

  2. If steven start their own thing that would be great.

    Suppose from 30 years many people of out from Microsoft and make great thing. Count paul allen and old team (core) of Microsoft who do a great job outside microsoft.

    I don’t know what people do in Microsoft. I tried the thing microsoft made I just found bugs or it’s going dad.

    ex: Ie6, Front-page Expression web and latest bugmatrix (webmatrix).

  3. If steven start their own thing that would be great.

    Suppose from 30 years many people of out from Microsoft and make great thing. Count paul allen and old team (core) of Microsoft who do a great job outside microsoft.

    I don’t know what people do in Microsoft. I tried the thing microsoft made I just found bugs or it’s going dad.

    ex: Ie6, Front-page Expression web and latest bugmatrix (webmatrix).

  4. I here the US Military is looking for some new Generals.

  5. HP. They need someone like him.

    1. HP is one i should have included…

  6. Jenn Hutchison Friday, November 16, 2012

    Not Hostess lol. Wouldn’t mind seeing what he goes off and does on his own.

  7. Barb Darrow has the best job in the world! Write some useless article and get some people to comment on it and put it in her weekly status report to her boss!

    Barb, please get some real information. The world knows that this guy is out of Microsoft and he knows in his heart that this Windows thing is coming to an end faster than he might have thought…

    Android & iOS are going to be key OS for most humans in the planet earth.

    Write about turkey, that is more useful than this one!

    1. am i supposed to give my boss a status report? Must have missed that in training. thanks for your comment.

  8. I would say either a Chinese or Korean company. Samsung? They (the Asians) have always had problems writing software. This is what killed Sony.

    Samsung is within range of hurting Apple, overcoming Microsoft and complementing Google.

    Yes – I’d say Samsung would be perfect. He should go on a buying spree – spend about $1B in acquiring software entities around the world, set up research and dev labs all over the place – and ship some code – American style!

    1. Hmmmm…Samsung… interesting thought.

  9. Jean Marc Annonier Sunday, November 18, 2012

    VMware but I’m biased

    1. VMware or perhaps the new VMware spinoff??

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