Where next for Steven Sinofsky?

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Steven Sinofsky, the former president of Microsoft’s Windows group (s msft) 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 (s goog) and Apple(s aapl). 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(s fb) is another option, according to an informal poll of sources including Microsoft insiders.

Amazon(s amzn) 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(s orcl). Larry Ellison always enjoys hiring top names from competitors.

Let us know your picks in the comment thread below.

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walletless

Intel CEO announced his impending departure.. May be Sinofsky is going there?
My top picks otherwise would be VMWare, HP, and his own startup – in that order.

Marc Canter

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!

Guest

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!

Jenn Hutchison

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

anonymous121

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).

anonymous121

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).

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