Former Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky signs on as advisor at Box

Former Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky signs on as advisor at Box

Summary: With this latest piece of news, it's looking very unlikely that Sinofsky would move into the CEO role at Microsoft.

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Former Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky has been racking up new gigs lately, and his latest deal is with a rising cloud company that loves to poke fun at his former employers.

Sinofsky, who served as president of the Windows division before he left the Redmond, Wash.-based corporation suddenly last November, has signed on to serve as an advisor at Box.

Box CEO Aaron Levie confirmed the news on Thursday, quipping in a statement that the relationship blossomed all thanks to an "unsolicited Facebook message last fall."

Here's more from the colorful yet frank description of their initial talks:

Steven has a stronger and more fluid vision for the future of computing than almost anyone I’ve met. As we kept talking and sometimes meeting over Pho, I realized we had to get him involved with Box.

Highlighting his decades of experience at Microsoft leading the Windows, Office, SkyDrive, and SharePoint teams, Levie noted that Sinofsky's counsel will be applied to further Box’s product and platform strategies and organizations.

Innovations like Google Docs, WhatsApp, Quip and the iPhone have given us a glimpse into a world that’s more synchronous, connected, and mobile. These revolutions are now driving a new era in enterprise software. And ushering an old one out: the desktop is not where people want to work; the server faces economics challenges; and software that needs to installed, managed and learned is no longer acceptable.

Sinofsky's current employment status has been making waves lately.

Just last week it was reported that Sinofsky joined the board of venerable tech venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as a partner.

Sinofsky had met co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in late 2012, expressing he was impressed by how the firm focuses on products, innovation, and entrepreneurs with similar interests.

Following the breaking news last Friday that current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down within the next year, there was speculation that Sinofsky might be on the short list to replace him, à la Steve Jobs and his return to Apple years ago.

But as Sinofsky starts moving into multiple roles in Silicon Valley -- notably with a company that has a cloud storage platform going head-to-head with SharePoint and SkyDrive -- such a return to Redmond seems unlikely.

Topics: CXO, Cloud, Microsoft, Enterprise 2.0, Tech Industry

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  • Sinofsky as CEO of Microsoft?

    The chances of that are substantially less than zero. Although he does have one natural constituency: ABMers who want to see MS fail.
    Sir Name
  • Sinofsky is worm ridden filth...

    Anyone could have polished Vista into Windows 7. His true legacy is Windows 8, Surface, and killing Silverlight which alienated Microsoft developers. A magic eight ball floating in a bucket of puke makes better decisions than Sinofsky. With both Ballmer and Sinofsky gone, Microsoft will have a chance to right the ship.
    jackbond
    • cut and paste?

      Nice feature
      William Farrel
  • "...the desktop is not where people want to work."

    The desktop is where me and all our customers wants to work. Not tablets or phones. That the reason thats not like Windows 8.x and thats the reason of the ridiculous market share of Windows 8.x.
    SuperCocoLoco
  • This has no effect. His chances were zero before

    and they're still zero after. Keep in mind that they were also zero when he was still at MS, which was why he left. Why would anyone think they'd go up after leaving?
    Johnny Vegas
  • Not tablets or phones

    That the reason thats not like Windows 8.x and thats the reason of the ridiculous market share of Windows 8.x.

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    Donatella Pepe
  • Umm, no.

    Innovations like Google Docs, WhatsApp, Quip and the iPhone have given us a glimpse into a world that’s more synchronous, connected, and mobile. These revolutions are now driving a new era in enterprise software. And ushering an old one out: the desktop is not where people want to work; the server faces economics challenges; and software that needs to installed, managed and learned is no longer acceptable.

    The folks (and silly media) desperately trying to move the world to the cloud will tell you this but they make the assumption that because Joe average uses the cloud for a shopping list or an email that enterprise is going to do it with confidential information. Don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen.
    NoAxToGrind
  • CEO of Microsoft???

    Rachel King writes: "Following the breaking news last Friday that current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down within the next year, there was speculation that Sinofsky might be on the short list to replace him, à la Steve Jobs and his return to Apple years ago."

    I don't see any parallels between Steve Jobs and Sinofsky. Jobs was an incredible innovator and the heart and soul of Apple. Sinofsky's efforts have resulted in a $900 million write off for Microsoft last quarter and the CEO's head. I don't remember Steve Jobs taking a $900 million write down for a product's poor performance.
    Maha888
  • Full Screen OS?

    The main stupid thing that Microsoft do with Windows 8.x is to put a full screen OS on the desktop.

    Yes, it have the desktop, but the mail app, the contacts app, the games like Solitaire, MinesWeeper, etc. and more apps its full screen and i can't change the size, move or minize it.

    I can't set the Window size of the Solitaire game and i want to put my own size and move it to put on the position on the screen that i want.

    Bacause of this, Windows 8.x has less futures that Windows 7. And more:

    -Removing Shadow Copies on the same drive.
    -Removing Image Backup (In Windows 8.x its completity removed)
    -Not Aero, Themes or Windows efffects and the imposibility to restore it or reinstall third-party applications to set Themes like Stardock ObjectWindow or WindowsBling (WinCustomize Themes). The simple Themes functionality in Windows 8.x is not compared to the full featured Themes in Windows 7. Its deprecated.
    -The Advanced Appearance Settings.
    -The Start Button.
    -Flip3D
    -The Briefcase.
    -Games Explorer.
    -Redialing Options removed from Dial-Up Networking.
    -"Manage wireless networks" option on the task pane of the Network and Sharing Center control panel is no longer available.
    -Shortcuts to Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard no longer available.
    -Windows DVD Maker.
    -Windows Media Center.
    -No DVD and MPEG2 Codecs.
    -No MIDI Mapper.

    Why Windows 8 if Windows 7 has more features?
    SuperCocoLoco