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Microsoft Office Exec Sinofsky Expected To Take Over Windows

Microsoft Office impresario Steve Sinofsky is slated to take the reins of the Windows team.

A Microsoft source confirmed the news, which surfaced in a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday morning.

Sinofsky, senior vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Group, joined Microsoft as a design engineer in 1989 and for the past several years has led the Office charge. He has been characterized as a manager who makes the trains run on time.

That ability could be a big plus on the Windows front, where Microsoft hasn’t been able to lock in to a product release schedule. On Tuesday, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said the Windows Vista client won’t make it out to the masses until January. Microsoft had promised general availability for the 2006 holiday season.

Two years ago, Jeff Raikes, now president of Microsoft's Business Division, said the following of Sinofsky: "In every positive sense of the word, Sinofsky runs a machine. He really does. I have so much admiration for the way in which he pulls the team together. Picks a date and a focus, and he brings the team together to envision what the future and the themes should be."

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