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.
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.