随着 Windows 8/RT 和 Surface 的全面发布，我想是时候放下在微软的职责了。我一直都提倡利用产品开发周期之间的空隙反思过去、展望未来，而这同样也适用于我自己。
在微软的 23 年经历了众多产品的开发后，我决定离开公司，并利用这些经验去寻求新的机会。我在产品开发方面的激情从来没有减弱过，我将沿着类似的路线继续发挥我的精力和创造力。
通过与公司内部和整个行业的合作，Windows 团队刚刚完成了一系列开启 Windows 新时代的产品和服务。能成为 Windows 换代变革开发过程中的一员，确实是一次令人难忘的体验。无论是从设计还是从实用性来看，基于 Windows 的 Surface 在新的 PC 时代都是佼佼者。而通过 Store、IE、Outlook.com、SkyDrive 以及其它产品，将这种体验与云计算服务连接在了一起。
想到这些产品即将被近 10 亿的用户所使用，确实鼓舞人心。我们每个人和整个团队都可以将这个项目作为自己取得的一项巨大成就。但是我们的工作还没有完成，就像科技界一样，用户仍然还有许多需求有待开发。
From: Steven Sinofsky
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 5:42 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: RE: Windows Leadership Changes
With the general availability of Windows 8/RT and Surface, I have decided it is time for me to take a step back from my responsibilities at Microsoft. I’ve always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too.
After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines.
The Windows team, in partnerships across all of Microsoft and our industry, just completed products and services introducing a new era of Windows computing. It is an incredible experience to be part of a generational change in a unique product like Windows, one accomplished with an undeniable elegance. Building on Windows, Surface excels in design and utility for a new era of PCs. With the Store, Internet Explorer, Outlook.com, SkyDrive and more, each of which lead the way, this experience is connected to amazing cloud services.
It is inspiring to think of these efforts making their way into the hands of Microsoft’s next billion customers. We can reflect on this project as a remarkable achievement for each of us and for the team. Our work is not done, such is the world of technology, and so much more is in store for customers.
It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company. I am beyond grateful.
I have always promised myself when the right time came for me to change course, I would be brief, unlike one of my infamous short blog posts, and strive to be less memorable than the products and teams with which I have been proudly and humbly associated. The brevity of this announcement is simply a feature.
Some might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing. I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read–about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership.
As I’ve always believed in making space for new leaders as quickly as possible, this announcement is effective immediately and I will assist however needed with the transition.
I am super excited for what the future holds for the team and Microsoft.
With my deepest appreciation,