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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer likely to face questions about Sinofsky’s exit Wednesday night

by David Needle

November 13 2012

Steve Ballmer at Windows 8 launch last month.
Steve Ballmer at Windows 8 launch last month.

The tech world is abuzz over the surprise announcement of Windows President Steven Sinofsky departure, after 23 years at Microsoft, late Monday.

Microsoft has made no comment about the reasons for Sinofsky’s exit but quickly handed over his responsibilities to two other Microsoft execs. Rumors have circulated that Sinofsky was difficult to work with and was forced out.

Months ago, Microsoft scheduled CEO Steve Ballmer to speak in Silicon Valley at an event sponsored by the Churchill Club set for Wednesday evening, November 14. No doubt the timing was meant to be in part a victory lap following the successful launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft’s own Surface tablet late last month. (Microsoft is also a sponsor of the non-profit organization).

But now the upbeat focus of Wednesday's event may be marred by Sinofsky’s departure, which the usually outspoken Ballmer may feel forced to address even if he isn't asked about it. 

While the Churchill Club events typically include live questions from the audience, earlier today, the group sent out an email asking registered attendees to submit questions ahead of time.

In an unusual pairing, Ballmer is scheduled to be interviewed on stage by LinkedIn cofounder and tech investor Reid Hoffman. 

Stay tune for TabTimes follow up coverage of the event. 

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