He’s not the guy who came up with Clippy, was he?
No, Clippy was designed by a fellow named Kevan Atteberry.
Well, if he wasn’t responsible for Clippy, and Windows was doing well under him, why did he leave the company? Was it because he was having an extramarital affair?
No, you’re thinking for former CIA-head David Petraeus.
Oh. Did Sinofsky's departure have anything to do with a sex scandal, at least?
Sorry to disappoint you, but no.
Dang. Then why did he leave? Was he fired or did he resign?
Hard to say for sure. The official word is it was a mutual decision. You can try and judge for yourself by reading his resignation letter, and the response from his boss, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, neither of which sheds much light on what happened.
That’s the official word, but what’s the real story?
When does he officially leave Microsoft?
His resignation was effective immediately, so he’s already gone.
Wow. Did he get escorted out of the building? Did he even have a chance to steal any office supplies on the way out?